Inspired by the incredible true story of 64-year-old Diana Nyad, a swimmer who became the first to complete the “Everest of swims” by swimming through 110 miles of open water between Cuba and Florida without a shark cage, Nyad is a compelling and remarkable upcoming film starring Annette Bening releasing on Netflix later this year.
This biographical sports drama is based on Nyad’s book Find A Way, and it’s co-directed by the Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and athlete/film director Jimmy Chin. Emmy-winning writer Ann Biderman and Julia Cox (whose script Do No Harm previously made the Black List) co-wrote the screenplay.
Nyad release updates
Netflix has not announced the official release date for Nyad, but it will come out this fall.
Annette Bening stars as swimmer Diana Nyad. Academy Award-winning actress Jodie Foster will co-star as Diana’s longtime coach and close friend, Bonnie Stoll. Welsh actor Rhys Ifans, known for his roles in the Harry Potter films and House of the Dragon, will play Diana’s chief navigator John Bartlett.
Nyad cast and characters list
- Annette Bening as Diana Nyad
- Anna Harriette Pittman as teen Diana
- Jodie Foster as Bonnie Stoll
- Rhys Ifan as John Bartlett
- Ethan Jones Romero as shark team member Nico Gazzale
- Luke Cosgrove as shark expert Luke Tipple
- Jeena Yi as jellyfish researcher Dr. Angel Yanigahara
- Eric T. Miller as Coach Jack Nelson
Releasing this fall, Nyad feels poised for an awards season campaign. I anticipate Netflix lobbying for some best directing and acting noms for the film, especially for Annette Bening as Diana Nyad. We all know how much the Academy loves inspiring biographical films!
Here is the official synopsis shared by Netflix:
The remarkable true story of marathon swimmer Diana Nyad, who, at the age of 64, became the first person to complete the “Everest of swims,” a 53-hour, 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida through dangerous open ocean without a shark cage.
What does Nyad stand for?
Nyad doesn’t “stand” for anything. It’s not an acronym. It’s just the last name of swimmer Diana Nyad, whose story is at the center of this movie.
Is there a Nyad trailer?
Netflix hasn’t released a trailer or teaser for Nyad yet. Stay tuned to Netflix Life for updates on the film.
Nyad is releasing this fall on Netflix. Read the book before the movie comes out.