Everything you need to know about ‘Nyad’ before it hits Netflix
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Everything you need to know about ‘Nyad’ before it hits Netflix

Netflix is set to bring the miraculous and astounding true story of the now 74-year-old Diana Nyad with the eponymously titled Nyad directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin. 

This biographical sports drama is a narrative feature debut for the director duo and is based on Nyad’s autobiography, Find a Way. The film stars Annette Bening as the legendary swimmer Diana Nyad, with two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster co-starring as her best friend Bonnie Stoll.

Nyad promises to be a heartwarming and inspiring tale of perseverance and friendship, showcasing the remarkable achievements of Diana Nyad and the unwavering support of those who believed in her dream.

This film has already garnered the Oscar buzz and is sure to captivate audiences when it hits Netflix. Read on to more about Nyad.

What is Nyad about?

Nyad tells the incredible true story of Diana Nyad, a 64-year-old author, journalist, and motivational speaker, but first and foremost a marathon swimmer who set out to become the first person ever to swim from Cuba to Florida. This monumental swim, covering a distance of 110 miles, had eluded Nyad for much of her life, despite multiple attempts. Against the advice of her friends and family, she embarked on this daring journey, determined to make her dream a reality.

However, the film also heavily focuses on Nyad’s relationship with her best friend Stoll, whom she dated briefly once upon a time. “But we were better at just being two golden retrievers running around together,” Stoll told The Guardian.

Since it is such an extraordinary story of achievement, Nyad’s story has brought several people to wonder…

Can you swim from Cuba to Florida?

Swimming from Cuba to Florida is an extraordinary challenge due to the long distance and treacherous conditions. Diana Nyad’s successful attempt made her the first person in the world to accomplish this remarkable feat, setting a new standard for endurance swimming.

Who is in the cast of Nyad?

The film Nyad features a talented cast with Annette Bening as Diana Nyad, Jodie Foster as her best friend Bonnie Stoll, and Rhys Ifans as John Bartlett. The performances of Bening and Foster are particularly noteworthy in bringing this incredible story to life on the screen.

When is Nyad releasing on Netflix?

Nyad had its world premiere at the 50th Telluride Film Festival on September 1st, 2023. It was released in select theaters on October 20th, 2023 to make it eligible for an Oscar consideration. Nyad will be available for streaming on Netflix starting November 3rd, 2023.

Is there a trailer for Nyad?

Yes, Netflix released the first trailer for Nyad on September 7th, 2023, giving viewers a glimpse of this gripping adaptation of Diana Nyad’s inspiring journey. You can watch it here: