Money Heist (Spanish: La casa de papel, transl. The House of Paper) is a Spanish television heist crime drama series that is created by Álex Pina. The first two parts revolve around a long-prepared, multi-day assault on the Royal Mint of Spain in Madrid, in which a group of robbers take hostages as part of their plan to print and escape with €2.4 billion. It involves eight robbers, code-named after cities and led by the Professor (Álvaro Morte) from an external location. The story is primarily focused on one of the robbers, Tokyo (Úrsula Corberó), as they battle with hostages on the inside and the police on the outside. In the third part, the surviving robbers are forced out of hiding, and with the help of new members, they plan and perform an assault on the Bank of Spain.
The Spanish thriller Money Heist (La Casa De Papel) season 3 premiered earlier in the year in July. It was a smashing critical success and left the viewers with a cliff-hanger that immediately made them want to get to season 4. Well, here comes good news, Netflix has confirmed Season 4 of La Casa de Papel (a.k.a Money Heist) will premiere on April 3, 2020.
The series received critical acclaim for its sophisticated plot, interpersonal dramas, direction and for trying to innovate Spanish television. The Italian anti-fascist song “Bella ciao”, which plays multiple times throughout the series, became a summer hit across Europe in 2018. By 2018, the series was the most-watched non-English language series and one of the most-watched series overall on Netflix, with a particular resonance coming from viewers from Mediterranean Europe and the Latin world.
Money Heist season three sees the gang of thieves reunite to rescue Rio (played by Miguel Herran) when he is taken by the authorities. In part three, the gang attempt to steal 90 tonnes of gold bars from the reserve at the Bank of Spain in a plan masterminded by Berlin (Pedro Alonso) before he died in series two. The third season ended on a dramatic cliffhanger, which saw the gang locked in the Bank of Spain after failing to escape. In the final episode, the team tries to convince the police that they are escaping in order to create a diversion for the El Professor (Álvaro Morte) and Raquel (Itziar Ituño) who are being pursued. When this fails, the police make their move on the gang, sending in armored vehicles to break down the door.
Throughout series three, flashbacks to the planning room show El Professor reveal small details about how the gang will escape. However, his tactics change at this moment after he believes that the police have executed Raquel. Rodrigo de la Serna, the Argentine actors who play Palermo, added, “The big challenge is to survive; it’s a very delicate situation. We are focused on saving our lives. This is no longer a robbery; it’s a war.” As a result, the gang blow up the cars with bazookas and find themselves locked in the Bank of Spain. The situation does not look good for the gang but there are some theories floating around about what could come next.
The bank heist crew includes The Professor/Salvador “Salva” Martin (Álvaro Morte), Tokio (Úrsula Corberó), Denver (Jaime Lorente Lopez), Nairobi (Alba Flores), Helsinki (Darko Peric), Raquel/Lisbon (Itziar Ituño), and Monica/Stockholm (Esther Acebo), Bogotá (Hovik Keuchkerian), Palermo (Rodrigo de la Serna), Marsella (Luka Peros), and negotiator Alicia Sierra (Najwa Nimri).
Eagle-eyed viewers also noticed one of the hostages was actually played by a well-known actor called Belen Cuesta. Appearing in just a few scenes covered in a red overall, user Ausin_Boira posted on Reddit that they think her role could be important in series four. They posted: “That’s Belen Cuesta, a well know Spanish actress that I think is going to have a prominent role in season four because it has no sense having her there if it’s not the case. “Who is going to be and in which capability? I have no idea, but there she is [sic].”
As part of an announcement about the premiere date made at Brazil’s Comic-Con, a short video was released. The 29-second promo shows all the cast members rotating while interspersed with the masks they wear during their heists. The last season ended with the character of Raquel, (aka “Lisboa”) played by Itziar Ituño, being caught and held hostage by the police. The Professor assumes her to be dead and based on this brief promo there’s no doubt that the relationship will be a focus of this new season. Check out the video above.