Netflix has released the first trailer for The Red Sea Diving Resort. This is a movie that the streaming service picked up the rights to back in February and, apparently, they didn’t want to wait forever to get it out into the world, as it will be making its debut in just a couple of weeks. This first trailer showcases a harrowing true story with Captain America himself, Chris Evans, playing the real-life hero at the center of it all. This is also notable as it marks his first role in a movie following the release of Avengers: Endgame, which may well have been his last go-around in the MCU.
As for the trailer itself, it paints a picture of a rag-tag group, led by Chris Evans, who must rescue a bunch of people from Ethiopia during a terrible genocide. It sets the stage for a very high-risk mission. Things are incredibly tense. It’s a mix of action, drama and character. Everything also looks very slick. The scale truly feels large. Also, not for nothing, but those who were mourning the loss of Captain America’s beard after Infinity War will be happy to see that Evans is back to his bearded ways here. But, more importantly, this gives us a glimpse at what his future could look like beyond Marvel movies.
Gideon Raff serves as writer and director. Raff is known best for creating the series Prisoners of War, which was adapted in America as the acclaimed drama Homeland. He also created the short-lived Tyrant, as well as Dig and the upcoming miniseries The Spy. He’s largely directed TV, but he has helmed some features before, such as 2007’s The Killing Floor and 2008’s Train. But this is his first full-length feature in a decade.
The Red Sea Diving Resort centers on a series of remarkable rescue missions that are inspired by real events. The movie tells the story of a group of international agents and brave Ethiopians who made use of a deserted holiday retreat in Sudan in the early 80s as a front to smuggle thousands of refugees to Israel. Ari Levinson (Chris Evans) was the charismatic leader who headed up the team. Levinson worked with a brave local named Kabede Bimro (Michael Kenneth Williams), who worked tirelessly to help his people.
This comes as Netflix will be facing down some stiff competition in the streaming game, with Disney+, Apple+ and HBO Max all coming down the pipeline. Plus, the streaming service recently decided to tighten up their spending on big-budget projects, as some of their more hefty investments, such as Triple Frontier, haven’t quite paid off. The rest of the ensemble cast includes Haley Bennett, Alessandro Nivola, Michiel Huisman, Alex Hassell, Mark Ivanir, Greg Kinnear and Ben Kingsley. The Red Sea Diving Resort arrives on July 31. Be sure to check out the trailer from the Netflix streaming YouTube channel for yourself.