Rhys Ifans joins Annette Bening and Jodie Foster in new Netflix biopic

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Welsh actor Rhys Ifans to star alongside Annette Bening and Jodie Foster in new Netflix film Nyad

Based on a bestselling autobiography Find a way, Nyad tells the remarkable true story of 64-year-old marathon swimmer Diana Nyad, who became the first person to complete a swim from Cuba to Florida.

The treacherous 110-mile swim, known as ‘Swimming Everest’, took Nyad 53 hours, navigating treacherous open waters, risking sharks and poisonous jellyfish. On her fifth attempt, she undertook the swim without a shark cage.

Annette Bening plays Diana Nyad who was assisted in her record attempt by her coach and best friend Bonnie Stoll, played by Jodie Foster, and a team of 35 supporters.

Ifans plays John Bartlett, who strategically and meticulously planned and navigated Nyad’s swim through the Florida Straits.

Knowing how weather and ocean currents impact her journey, the Florida-based boat designer commissioned the catamaran that accompanied Diana as she swam.

BAFTA-winning Ifans is known for many films, including Notting Hill, twin town and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt1and recently appeared in Matthew Vaughn’s Disney spy film The king’s man and the Sony box office success of Jon Watts Spider-Man: No Coming Home. The actor will then appear in game of thrones prequel Dragon House on HBO.

Directed by Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy winners Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, and adapted for the screen by Emmy winner Ann Biderman and Julia Cox, the film is produced by Teddy Black Bear Pictures’ Schwarzman and Mad Chance’s Andrew Lazar.

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