No matter the venue, whether it’s the Venice Film Festival or you friend’s basement, if there’s a chance to check out a new film from filmmaker Olivier Assayas, you jump on it. Luckily for the safety of film fans worldwide, there’s no need to go to someone’s basement to check out “Wasp Network,” the latest from the director. Instead, you just have to be in Venice.

And in honor of “Wasp Network” debuting as part of the competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival, we’re thrilled to present our readers with an exclusive clip from the film, which features a star-studded cast. “Wasp Network” is a period crime thriller that tells the shocking true story of the title group of Cuban dissidents that are working towards taking down Castro in 1990.

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Assayas’ film stars Penélope Cruz, Edgar Ramírez, Gael García Bernal, Wagner Moura, Ana de Armas, and Leonardo Sbaraglia. As mentioned, the film is written and directed by Assayas, who is no stranger to acclaim. His previous films and projects have earned him nominations and wins from Venice, Cannes, and even the Primetime Emmys (he was nominated for his direction for “Carlos”). Assayas is probably best known for the previous films “Clouds of Sils Maria” and “Personal Shopper.”

‘Wasp Network’ premieres at this year’s Venice Film Festival, followed by screenings at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival. A worldwide theatrical release has not been announced at this time.

Here’s the synopsis:

Havana, early-’90s. René González, a Cuban pilot, steals a plane and flees Cuba, leaving behind his beloved wife and daughter. He starts a new life in Miami. Other Cuban defectors soon follow and start a spy network. Their mission is to infiltrate violent anti-Castroist organizations responsible for terror attacks on the island.

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Here's a brand-new look at Olivier Assayas' Cuban espionage thriller "Wasp Network," debuting at this year's Venice Film Festival.

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Playlist Exclusive: Here's a clip from Olivier Assayas' new Venice film "Wasp Network."

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