Money Heist, the Spanish heist thriller series that became a global phenomenon on Netflix, has come to an end with its fifth and final season. But fans of the show don’t have to say goodbye to the world of La Casa de Papel just yet. A spin-off series focusing on one of the most popular characters, Berlin, is coming to Netflix soon. Here’s everything you need to know about Money Heist Berlin.
When Will Money Heist Berlin Be Released on Netflix?
Money Heist Berlin will be released on Netflix on December 29, 2023. The series will consist of eight episodes, each lasting around 50 minutes. The series was created by Álex Pina, the same creator of Money Heist, and produced by his company Vancouver Media in collaboration with Atresmedia.
BERLIN, from the Money Heist universe, premieres on December 29:
Where others see risk, he sees excitement and adrenaline.
From the world of Money Heist, BERLIN premieres December 29. pic.twitter.com/eksD9kUJQv
— Netflix (@netflix) September 18, 2023
What Are the Trailers and Teasers for Money Heist Berlin?
Berlin has had numerous trailer and teaser releases on Netflix, providing viewers a preview of what to anticipate from the upcoming series. On February 7, 2023, Pedro Alonso’s birthday, the first teaser was made available. Berlin’s face was depicted in close-up as he grinned and stated, “Happy birthday to me.” The series’ premiere date, December 2023, was also disclosed in the teaser.
In a new Berlin teaser video, Netflix has finally announced the official release date for the spin-off of Money Heist. The prequel will be available to watch on December 29. It will be about the title thief, played by Pedro Alonso.
Check out the new trailer for Berlin below:
What is Money Heist Berlin About?
Money Heist Berlin is a spin-off series that explores the backstory and the personal life of Berlin, also known as Andrés de Fonollosa, the charismatic and arrogant leader of the first heist at the Royal Mint of Spain. Berlin was a fan-favourite character who died in season 2 but continued to appear in flashbacks and hallucinations in later seasons.
The spin-off series will reveal more details about Berlin’s past, such as his five ex-wives, his relationship with his brother, the Professor, and his involvement in other heists before joining the gang. The series will also feature new characters and locations, such as a bank in Florence, Italy, where Berlin will plan a new robbery.
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Who is in the Cast of Money Heist Berlin?
The show, titled Money Heist: Berlin, will explore the backstory and adventures of the master thief and jewel expert, played by Pedro Alonso. But who else will be in this series with him? Here is a list of who is in the show and what they do.
Pedro Alonso as Berlin
Pedro Alonso will reprise his role as Berlin, the second-in-command and brother of the Professor, the leader of the heist gang. Berlin is a terminally ill, arrogant, and ruthless criminal who has a penchant for luxury and romance. He is also a mastermind of elaborate robberies and has a loyal crew of accomplices. In Money Heist: Berlin, we will see him in his golden years, before he met his fate at the Royal Mint of Spain.
Michelle Jenner as Keila
Michelle Jenner will play Keila, an expert in electronic engineering who joins Berlin’s team. Keila is described as a brilliant and daring woman who can hack any security system. She also has a personal connection to Berlin that will be revealed in the show.
Begoña Vargas as Cameron
Begoña Vargas will portray Cameron, a risk-taker living life on the edge. Cameron is a skilled driver and pilot who can handle any vehicle. She is also a thrill seeker who loves adrenaline and danger. She is one of Berlin’s trusted allies and friends.
Julio Peña as Roi
Julio Peña will star as Roi, Berlin’s faithful sidekick. Roi is a loyal and reliable partner who always follows Berlin’s orders. He can also shoot well and change his appearance well. He has worked with Berlin for many years and knows him better than anyone else.
Tristán Ulloa as Damián
Tristán Ulloa will appear as Damián, a professor and confidant of Berlin. Damián is a wise and cultured man who teaches history and art at a prestigious university. He also has a secret hobby: he is an expert forger who can create perfect replicas of any masterpiece. He helps Berlin plan his heists and provides him with valuable information.
Joel Sánchez as Bruce
Joel Sánchez will play Bruce, a guy who gets things done. Bruce is a former military man who knows a lot about weapons and explosives. He also fights without fear and can handle any situation. He is part of Berlin’s crew and respects him as a leader.
Yuri D. Brown as Bertrand
Yuri D. Brown will join the cast as Bertrand, a mysterious character whose role is not yet revealed. He is speculated to be either an enemy or an ally of Berlin, or perhaps both.
Marcel Gonzalez as Jean
Marcel Gonzalez will play Jean, another enigmatic character whose role is not yet disclosed. He could be either a friend or a foe of Berlin, or maybe something in between.
Itziar Ituño as Raquel Murillo
Itziar Ituño will reprise her role as Raquel Murillo, the policewoman who pursued the Professor and his gang in Money Heist. She later fell in love with him and joined his cause under the alias Lisbon. It is not clear how she will be involved in Money Heist: Berlin, but it could be through flashbacks or parallel timelines.
Najwa Nimri as Alicia Sierra
Najwa Nimri will also return as Alicia Sierra, the inspector who took over the investigation of the Bank of Spain heist in Money Heist. She was a cruel and clever enemy who was able to catch the Professor and torture him. She also had something against him and his gang on a personal level. Her role in Money Heist: Berlin could also be through flashbacks or parallel timelines.
Why Was Berlin Killed in Part 2 and Why Did He Return?
Berlin (Andrés de Fonollosa) was one of the most popular characters in the Netflix series Money Heist, portrayed by Pedro Alonso. He was the second-in-command of the Royal Mint of Spain heist but also planned the Bank of Spain heist years prior, which he shared with Professor and Palermo. However, he was killed by the police in the final episode of part 2, sacrificing himself to allow his fellow robbers to escape So why did he die and how did he come back in later seasons?
Berlin’s death was a shocking and emotional moment for many fans of the show, who had grown to love his charismatic and complex personality. However, his death was not a random or arbitrary decision by the writers, but rather a logical and inevitable outcome of his character arc.
First, Berlin was terminally ailing with a rare degenerative disease affecting his muscles and nerves called Helmer’s myopathy. He was aware that he had only a few months to live. He joined the robbery to experience his final days to the fullest and to help his brother, The Professor, realize his dream.
Second, Berlin was a great thief who lived by his own code of honour and ethics. He didn’t fear dying. Instead, he saw it as something he had to deal with. He thought that the bravest and most respectable thing you could do was to die for a good cause.
He also thought of his team as his family and wanted to make sure they were safe and doing well. So, when he saw that the police had surrounded the mint and were about to storm it, he chose to stay back and hold them off with his machine gun, giving his friends time to escape through the tunnel.
Thirdly, Berlin’s death was a way of redeeming himself for some of his questionable actions during the heist. Berlin was not a saint; he was a snob, a misogynist, and a bit sadistic. He often clashed with other members of the gang, especially Tokyo and Rio.
He also abused his power over the hostages, especially Ariadna, whom he forced into a sexual relationship. He even killed one of his own men, Oslo, when he was critically injured by Arturo. By sacrificing himself for the greater good, Berlin showed that he had a heart and that he cared for others more than himself.
Although Berlin died in part 2, he returned in part 3 through flashbacks several years earlier, showing his original planning of the Bank of Spain heist and being married to a woman named Tatiana. He also appeared in part 4 and part 5 in more flashbacks, revealing more details about his past life and relationships.
The reason why Berlin returned in later seasons was because he was such a beloved character by both the fans and the creators of the show. Álex Pina, the creator of Money Heist, said that Berlin was “one of those characters that don’t exist in real life but that you find once every hundred years in fiction”.
Pedro Alonso, the actor who played Berlin, said that Berlin was “cruel, heroic, and funny at the same time” and that he had “a very special connection” with him. The flashbacks also served as a way of exploring Berlin’s personality and motivations more deeply, as well as providing clues and connections to the present events of the show.
For example, in part 3, we learned that Berlin’s wife Tatiana was an expert in forging documents and that she knew about the Bank of Spain plan. This raised suspicions that she might be Alicia Sierra, the pregnant inspector who hunted down The Professor and his gang.
In part 4, we learned that Berlin had a son named Rafael, whom he wanted to recruit for the heist but who refused to join him. This hinted that Rafael might appear in future seasons as a potential ally or enemy for The Professor.
In part 5, we learned that Berlin had another brother named Rafael (not to be confused with his son), who was also involved in criminal activities and who helped him escape from Interpol. This revealed more about Berlin’s family background and history.