YouTube’s first Spanish-language project will be hitting theaters before moving to stream exclusively on YouTube Premium, the platform announced today. Museo, written and directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios (Güeros) and starring Gael Garcia Bernal (Coco), will chronicle the true story of a 1985 heist that saw 140 Mayan and Meso-American artifacts stolen from Mexico’s National Anthropology Museum.
“As our first-ever Spanish language YouTube Original movie, Museo is one of the many exciting projects we have in the pipeline as we embark to expand our slate with more original series and movies in Spanish,” Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s global head of original content, said.
In Museo, García Bernal and co-star Leonardo Ortizgris (Güeros) play a pair of thirtysomething veterinary students who decide to break out of their mutual slump and make a name for themselves by pulling off an infamous cultural caper. Simon Russell Beale (Into The Woods) will play an art dealer with a crucial stake in the story.
Museo will premiere today at the Toronto International Film Festival. It debuted on the festival circuit this past February at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the ‘Silver Bear’ for best screenplay and was nominated for a ‘Gold Bear’ for best film.
No date for its planned theater run has been announced. YouTube is also planning a theater release for its upcoming YouTube Premium project Vulture Club.