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In From The Cold Release Date, Cast And Plot - What We Know So Far

While Netflix succeeds in heavily promoting its original content, the streaming service has also increased its focus on diversifying its ever-expanding catalog. A report from Yahoo explains that Netflix has honed in on its efforts to increase international viewership, expanding to nearly 200 countries over the last year.

The report from earlier this year also states that the company "is expected to benefit from international content deals and an expanded content portfolio in 2021" — and benefit they did (via Yahoo). One of the most popular series to hit Netflix this year is "Squid Game," a South Korean survival thriller that broke record after record for the platform. Additionally, shows like the Spanish crime drama "Money Heist," the French mystery thriller "Lupin," and the German-American mini-series "Unorthodox" have proven that audiences are eager to check out international media. 

Netflix continues to create and acquire foreign-language content, with one of the latest projects being "In From The Cold." Here's what we know about the upcoming Russian spy thriller.

When is the release date for In From The Cold?

"In From The Cold" was announced in January 2020, with production set to begin in Spain in March 2020 (via Deadline). As we know all too well, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic that month halted film and television productions globally. Actor Margarita Levieva shared pictures of the cast and crew as they headed home to quarantine on March 13 of that year.

"Dear Madrid, it's been real. I can't wait to get back to you as soon as life allows... Sad to leave our crew, and yet know that it's nothing compared with the way the world is struggling right now," she wrote. "Thinking of you all out there. Sending you an infinite amount of love."

Eventually, production for "In From The Cold" resumed and the Netflix series went into post-production in March 2021 (via Collider). "In From The Cold" will be available for streaming on Netflix on January 28, 2022.

Who is in the cast of In From The Cold?

"In From The Cold" is directed by Ami Canaan Mann ("Cloak & Dagger") and Birgitte Stærmose ("Darling") and written and executive produced by Adam Glass ("Supernatural").

Margarita Levieva leads the show as Jenny Franklin, a single mother who "finds her life turned upside down when the CIA forces her to confront her long-buried past as a Russian spy — the product of a secret KGB experiment that endowed her with 'special abilities" (via Deadline). The actor, who was born in Russia and speaks the language fluently, previously played a similar character in NBC's "Allegiance."

The Netflix series also stars Ivana Sakhno as Russian Intelligence agent Anya, Cillian O'Sullivan as rogue CIA agent Chauncey, Lydia Fleming as teenage daughter Becca, Charles Brice as hacker Chris, and Alyona Khmelnitskaya as former KGB agent Svetlana Petrova (via Deadline). Additionally, Lola Mae Loughran, Amanda Bright, José Luis García Pérez, and Anastasia Martin will appear in most of the episodes (via IMDb).

What is the plot of In From The Cold?

With an eight-episode order, "In From The Cold" will focus on Jenny Martin (Levieva), "a bioengineered Russian agent" who has put her past behind her and started a comfortable suburban life in America. However, when she visits Europe with her daughter (Fleming), she suddenly finds herself grappling with dark secrets from her old life.

"After a mysterious string of manic and murderous incidents suggests someone with her exact abilities is targeting innocent people, Jenny is forced out of hiding to stop this villain or risk losing the family and new life she has built," explains Deadline.

Though it hasn't yet been revealed what the "supernatural bent" of the protagonist will look like, Netflix viewers can likely expect something in the realm of Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) from "Stranger Things," or the titular character portrayed by Saoirse Ronan in the action thriller "Hanna."

However it plays out, curious Netflix viewers won't have to wait too much longer to check out the upcoming international spy series.