Gael García Bernal as Cassandro

Coming Soon: Cassandro

Roger Ross Williams is set to release his first scripted feature, CASSANDRO, in 2023 with Amazon Prime Video. The film about an openly gay, cross-dressing Lucha Libre wrestler, stars Gael García Bernal, Raúl Castillo, Roberta Colindrez and Bad Bunny.

Cassandro, a movie by Roger Ross Williams

CASSANDRO is the new scripted film from Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Roger Ross Williams.

It stars Gael García Bernal as Saúl Armendáriz, an American-born luchador wrestler, who grew up near the U.S.-Mexican border in El Paso, Texas.

Being gay in this machismo-driven industry, he creates a flamboyant persona known as “Cassandro,” the Liberace of Lucha Libre. And against all odds, he becomes one of Mexican wrestling’s most unique heroes, not just upending the macho wrestling world, but also his own life…

CASSANDRO is set to stream on Prime Video in 2023.

Roger Ross Williams on set

Roger Ross Williams about Cassandro: “I have always been attracted to telling the stories of outsiders. The remarkable real-life tale of Cassandro, a gay Mexican wrestler who lives on the border of the US and Mexico, immediately grabbed me. Here was a true outsider, a homosexual man in a deeply Catholic culture who rose to fame in the macho world of Lucha Libre wrestling, not by hiding his sexuality, but by making it central to his performance.

My own life experience as a gay, black man has made me realize the importance of telling stories we don’t usually hear. Movies can be a chance to bring people together – to let the marginalized know that they are not alone, and to show that we all face universal struggles, regardless of skin color, nationality, or sexuality.”

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