El Cid on Amazon release date: 18th December 2020
El Cid – the Amazon Prime Video series was announced for the first time on February 13, 2019.
The debut of El Cid is expected on Friday 18 December exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the two hundred countries and territories covered by the service.
Created and produced by Zebra Producciones and written by Luis Arranz and Adolfo Martinez, the show is an ambitious costume series that revisits the life and deeds of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, who went down in history as El Cid.
El Cid is among the twenty international Prime Original series confirmed by Amazon back in February 2019.
El Cid series Amazon plot: what is it about?
El Cid tells the story of the most famous Spaniard in the world, a man trapped between two worlds and two cultures. He is a nobleman, a hero, a mercenary, a vassal but also a man who could have been king. El Cid was a very innovative character for his times, and he transcended his own legend. The story is now told by Amazon through a contemporary gaze.
With this show, Amazon intends to recreate on the small screen one of the most fascinating periods in Spanish history. The struggles for power and the coexistence of different cultures have transformed the Iberian Peninsula into a meeting point for two worlds in conflict between them.
The epic coming to Prime Video will reveal the story of Ruy, the man behind the legend, played by the actor Jaime Lorente (Money Heist, Elite). The series will follow his epic journey – from little boy to war hero and king’s squire – in search of his place in the complicated monarchy that seeks to control him.
The Iberian society and its different religious communities will be the back ground of Ruy’s enterprises. Ruy will prove himself capable of winning the admiration and respect of all of them – Christians, Arabs and Jews.
El Cid series Amazon cast: actors and characters
The cast features two actors who recently worked together in another famous Spanish streaming production. The 29 year old Jaime Lorente, fresh off the success of Money Heist, plays the role of the protagonist. Thanks to the show, Lorente returns to acting alongside Álvaro Rico, with whom he already starred in Élite. In the teenage soap the two play respectively Nano and Polo.
Alongside Jaime Lorente, the cast includes some of the most famous Spanish performers: Carlos Bardem (Club De Cuervos, Assassin’s Creed, Despite Everything), Juan Echanove (Mariano in Paso Adelante), Elia Galera (Silvia in the soap-opera Acacias 38 – Una Vita), José Luis García-Pérez (Cortes in the mini-series Carlos, Rey Emperador), Alicia Sanz (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, Castle), Lucía Guerrero (El Continental), Fran Ortiz (Bosco from the soap-opera El secreto de Puente Viejo) and Ginés García Millán.
Here is the full cast of El Cid, all the actors and the characters they play.
- Jaime Lorente plays Rodrigo “Ruy” Díaz de Vivar.
- José Luis García-Pérez plays King Fernando I known as “El Grande”.
- Elia Galera plays Queen Sancha known as “La Bella”.
- Carlos Bardem plays the Count of León.
- Juan Echanove plays the part of the Bishop.
- Alicia Sanz plays the Infanta Urraca.
- Fran Ortiz plays Sancho VII The Strong.
- Jaime Olías plays Alfonso VI.
- Lucía Guerrero plays Jimena.
- Lucía Díez plays the Infanta Elvira.
- Nicolás Illoro plays King García.
- Juan Fernández plays Rodrigo, El Cid’s grandfather.
- Pablo Álvarez plays Orduño, Ruy’s antagonist.
- Ginés García Millán plays King Ramiro of Navarre.
- Daniel Tatay plays Beltrán, son of Ramiro.
- David Castillo plays the squire Lisardo.
- Álvaro Rico plays Nuño.
- Amr Waked plays the Sultan of Zaragoza Al-Muqtadir.
- Zohar Liba plays Abu Bakr.
El Cid trailer: first look at the show
The teaser trailer of El Cid, series available on Amazon Prime Video from December 18, debuted on Thursday 12 November. You can find it below:
El Cid Amazon episodes: how many are there
The episodes of the first season are six. The same number of episodes are confirmed for the second season, bringing the total number of episodes confirmed so far for El Cid to twelve. Executive producers of the series are José Velasco and Sara Fernández-Velasco, owners of Zebra Producciones.
“We are thrilled that production has begun with such a strong cast and we are confident that this epic story will be welcomed by Prime members not only in Spain, but around the world,” said Georgia Brown, Director of European Productions Amazon Original by Amazon Studios.
Where was El Cid filmed? Setting and location
“This extraordinary production will truly transport viewers back to the Middle Ages,” says José Velasco, producer and one of the creators of the series. “Jaime Lorente encompasses Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar in all ways and we are excited to bring the story to life with such a talented cast. El Cid rides again!”
On Tuesday 1 October 2019, Amazon announced that the filming of El Cid was starting in the location of Soria. Subsequently, the production set up sets in Burgos, Teruel and Madrid, as well as in the city of Zaragoza and Aragon, where the Sultanate of Zaragoza was recreated.
With over four thousand square meters of sets, a cast of over two hundred actors and eleven thousand extras, El Cid is definitely one of the most ambitious Iberian productions of this year. The artistic direction of El Cid is entrusted to Benjamín Fernández, who was the head of projects such as The Gladiator, Indiana Jones and Doctor Zhivago.
El Cid Amazon streaming: where to watch it
El Cid is an exclusive Prime Video production, therefore, once released, it will be available in streaming exclusively in the catalog of the Amazon Prime Video. Thanks to Prime Video, the show will reach the global audience of subscribers in over two hundred countries and territories.