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Money Heist part 5 release date, cast and plot

Spanish drama Money Heist has really taken on a life of its own since Netflix acquired the property in 2017.

The crime drama, created by Álex Pina and known in its native country as La Casa de Papel, is a Spanish-language series filmed in Madrid. Pina intended the story of Money Heist to be told in two parts, each one covering a different long-prepared criminal operation: One perpetrated against the Spanish Royal Mint, and the other against the Bank of Spain. The series first ran on Spanish network Antena 3, and received a bunch of critical claim before Netflix stepped in to prep the project for an international audience. The streamer recut Pina's 15-episode series into 22 digestible bites and debuted the first part with an English translation on December 20, 2017.

The execs at Netflix must have been delighted to realize that they had a new hit on their hands. International audiences couldn't get enough of the mysterious Professor (Álvaro Morte) and his eight criminal recruits. Netflix re-upped its order for two more "parts," and ponied up a substantially bigger budget than the first two parts received. Pina delivered 16 episodes for parts 3 and 4, bringing the series total up to 38, even though IMDb still lists the Spanish total of 31.

Now, having reached the end of the creator's original vision, Netflix stands at a crossroads with its cult hit series. According to New Statesman, Money Heist was Netflix's most watched non-English language property in 2018, with particularly deep penetration in the Mediterranean and Latin American markets. With that kind of traction, it seems almost inevitable that we'll see another round of Money Heist some time soon.

Here's everything we know about part 5 so far.

What is the release date of Money Heist part 5?

The first four parts of Money Heist came hot and fast thanks to the 22 episodes' worth of content Netflix acquired from Antena 3, and their early renewal order back in April 2018. With both of Pina's original heists plus the 16 bonus episodes ordered by Netflix already concluded, producing a fifth part of Money Heist is going to mean getting the creative team back in the writers' room and producing the new episodes from scratch.

While we don't have any official release date, or even a proper confirmation that the show is set to return, we can attempt to game out some early projections about when part 5 might be ready for streaming. Part 4 dropped less than nine months after Part 3, so fans have been hopeful they might not have to endure the kind of multi-year lag between seasons that has become more commonplace in the streaming age. Those fans are likely to be disappointed, however, since the lack of an official renewal order, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on production, points to a much-belated release for any potential part 5 of Money Heist.

In an interview with ABC Spain, Pina asserted that he and his team have received no clear communication from Netflix about a new season of Money Heist. That would suggest that Pina hasn't even begun the process of drafting the new story, meaning it will be quite some time before there are proper pages to shoot. So, don't hold your breath for new episodes of Money Heist any time before 2021, and it's possible that things could push out even later.

Who is in the cast of Money Heist part 5?

One of the great joys of Money Heist is the introduction of all the incredible European actors in the cast. The death of Nairobi (Alba Flores) left a heroine-sized gap in the stellar cast, but many of the series' mainstays remain alive, kicking, and likely to return for a fifth round. Even Nairobi may see new life on a potential part 5, since the series likes to jump around in time and regularly leverages flashback scenes to dramatic effect.

That's not to say, thought, that her return is guaranteed. On Netflix's behind-the-scenes doc Money Heist: The Phenomenon, Flores suggested that she may be ready to move on from the project. "It's over, and I have nothing on the horizon," she said. "It's a really liberating feeling."

Of the surviving cast members, we're most likely to see the return of Morte's The Professor, as part 4 set up a pretty big cliffhanger involving the character. Also likely to return are Úrsula Corberó as Tokio, Itziar Ituño as Lisbon, Miguel Herrán as Rio, Jaime Lorente as Denver, Darko Perić as Helsinki and Esther Acebo as Stockholm. As details about part 5 become solidified, these actors and more should come on the record as officially confirmed.

What is the plot of Money Heists part 5?

As mentioned above, we've now reached the end of Pina's original vision for Money Heist, plus the extension Netflix bought with its 16-episode renewal order. Per Pina's own testimonial, he hasn't been asked to produce any more story ideas for Money Heist part 5, so the details of the Professor's next diabolical plans are anybody's guess, at this point.

Any version of part 5 will, however, have to pick up some of the loose threads left dangling at the end of part 4. Fans will recall that the Professor's involved plan to free Lisbon finally bore fruit as things came to a close, despite its nearly being foiled by the dangerous Gandía. It was hardly a happy ending, however, as Inspectora Sierra (Najwa Nimri), having gone rogue, appears to have the Professor finally cornered at gunpoint right before the credits roll. Of course, the show threw in another twist after that, with an in-credits easter egg that potentially sets up some surprises for both Sierra and the Professor. 

Whatever Pina's creative team comes up with once they get the signal from Netflix, we're sure it will entail no small amount of the dexterous thievery and high cunning we've come to expect from Money Heist. We'll keep you updated right here as details continue to emerge.