The True Story of the $70 Billion Mystery That Inspired the Netflix Heist Series

Netflix subscribers everywhere have kicked off the new year by watching Kaleidoscope, a unique limited series that tells the story of a $7 billion heist across eight episodes that can be viewed in any order. The show’s outrageous plot might seem like fictional fun, but here’s a surprising fact: It’s all true. Well…sort of. Kaleidoscope is loosely based on a true story involving a possible heist after Hurricane Sandy. Here’s what happened.

Giancarlo Esposito as Leo Pap in ‘Kaleidoscope’ | David Scott Holloway/Netflix

What is ‘Kaleidoscope’ on Netflix?

Kaleidoscope stars Giancarlo Esposito as Leo Pap, a former thief who gathers a group of criminals to plan a seemingly impossible heist: stealing $7 billion in bearer bonds from a highly-secure underground vault during a major storm. The story spans 25 years and takes a close look at the thieves, the security personnel, and the FBI agents investigating the crime. Other stars of the series include Tati Gabrielle, Paz Vega, Rufus Sewell, Peter Mark Kendall, Rosaline Elbay, Jai Courtney, Niousha Noor, Jordan Mendoza, Soojeong Son, and Hemky Madera.

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