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Netflix announced today the start of production on the new film A Man of Action, based loosely on the life of Spanish anarchist Lucio Urtubia.

A Man of Action
A Man of Action: Miki Esparbé & Juan José Ballesta — Photo by Quim Vives, courtesy of Netflix

A Man of Action (Un hombre de acción) explores the life of Lucio Urtubia, the “anarchist Robin Hood.” Urtubia ran a legendary counterfeiting operation in Paris, which included forging traveler’s checks for a huge amount of money to invest in causes he believed in — something that put him in the crosshairs of America’s largest bank.

The fast-paced film spans five decades, from the 1940s to the 1980s, and follows Lucio’s involvement in the European anarchist movement — from his humble beginnings as a bricklayer-turned-bank robber, to his taking the lead in one of the most important economic shenanigans of the last century. But at some point, Lucio will have to choose between the anarchist cause and protecting his own.

Directed by Javier Ruiz Caldera (Spy Time) and written by Patxi Amezcua (The 7th Floor), the film stars Juan José Ballesta (The Ministry of Time, El Bola) as Lucio, along with Miki Esparbé (The Innocent, Drug Squad: Costa del Sol).

Javier Ruiz Caldera said:

“The life of Urtubia, robber, forger, anarchist and, above all, bricklayer, was a fabulous inspiration to build a fast-paced, fun and exciting film. It is a pleasure to be accompanied by such an extraordinary cast and crew to direct a project as ambitious as this one.”

A production of La Pulga y el Elefante SL, A Man of Action will be filmed in Spain and France.

Said the producers Javier Ugarte and Edmon Roch:

“Working with Netflix is a unique opportunity to globally communicate the message and inspiration of a revolutionary and fully valid life, which continues to excite and surprise today. It’s great to be able to convey those transformative ideas that emerged in post-war Europe and shook the continent for decades. It is fortunate to have a director like Javier Ruiz Caldera to lead a project that will take us to Paris from the 1950s to the 1980s, where most of the action takes place.”

Stay tuned for updates.

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A Man of Action: Netflix Announces Film Inspired by Spanish Anarchist
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