Is Netflix's New Heist Series Kaleidoscope Based on A True Story?

kaleidoscope l to r jordan mendoza as rj, peter mark kendall as stan loomis, giancarlo esposito as leo pap, jai courtney as bob goodwin, rosaline elbay as judy goodwin, paz vega as ava mercer in episode “yellow” of kaleidoscope cr courtesy of netflix © 2022
Is Netflix's Kaleidoscope Based on A True Story?Netflix

Netflix is known for slaying the true crime scene, and now the streaming giant is back, solidifying its stamp on the heist genre with the new series Kaleidoscope. Set to hit the streaming service in January, the limited series was first announced in 2021 under the working title Jigsaw. Kaleidoscope is a star-studded series loosely based on an IRL heist that took place in New York. Read ahead for everything we know about the true story behind Netflix's Kaleidoscope.

What is Kaleidoscope about?

Spanning 25 years, Kaleidoscope follows a squad of thieves as they enact a plot to break into a vault to have one of the biggest paydays in history. The series takes a deep dive into the lives of the crew of thieves (Giancarlo Esposito, Paz Vega, Rosaline Elbay, Jai Courtney, Jordan Mendoza, and Peter Mark Kendall), the corporate security team (Rufus Sewell, Tati Gabrielle, Soojeong Son, and Hemky Madera), and the agents on the case (Niousha Noor and Bubba Weiler) from 24 years before the heist to six months month after.

Is Kaleidoscope based on a true story?

Yup. The series is loosely inspired by a scenario where $70 billion in bonds went missing in downtown Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy.

Is there a trailer for Netflix's Kaleidoscope?

Yep. On December 13, Netflix officially premiered the trailer for the series with the description, "There are 7 billion ways to solve a crime. Get your first look at KALEIDOSCOPE, new heist series starring Giancarlo Esposito, Paz Vega, and Tati Gabrielle."

How many episodes are there?

There are eight episodes of Kaleidoscope, but the series will not follow a traditional numerical order. According to Netflix, the streamer will build "intrigue and suspense" by granting members access to different episodes at different times. Some members may begin with episode titles "Yellow or Green," then move on to their own personal viewing order with episodes "Blue," "Violet," or "Orange" followed by "Red or "Pink" until the "White: The Heist: story finale."

When does Kaleidoscope premiere?

The new heist series will air on Netflix on January 1.

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