Amazon Prime Video today announced that filming has commenced in Spain on El Cid, one of the most ambitious Amazon Original TV drama series to be shot in Spain this year. The show has begun filming in Soria and will continue in Burgos and Aragón, where the Sultanate of Zaragoza will be recreated, with an unprecedented production spanning more than 4,000m2 of set, with over 200 production staff and 11,000 extras. The Spanish Amazon Original series El Cid will launch in 2020 exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.
El Cid brings to life one of the most fascinating ages in Spanish history, where battles for power and the coexistence of cultures turned the Iberic Peninsula into a border between two conflicting worlds.
Jaime Lorente, starring as Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, will be joined by José Luis García-Pérez as King Ferdinand I The Great, Elia Galera as Queen Sancha The Beauty, Carlos Bardem as the count of León and Juan Echanove in the role of the bishop. Alicia Sanz joins the cast as the Infanta Urraca, Fran Ortiz as Sancho VII the Strong, Jaime Olías as Alfonso VI, Lucía Guerrero as Jimena, Lucía Díez as the Infanta Elvira, Nicolás Illoro as King García, Juan Fernández as Rodrigo, the Cid’s grandfather, Pablo Álvarez as Orduño, the antagonistic of Ruy, Ginés García Millán will star as King Ramiro of Navarra, Daniel Tatay as Beltrán, the son of Ramiro, David Castillo as the squire Lisardo and Álvaro Rico as Nuño. Completing the cast are Amr Waked, who will play the Sultan of Zaragoza Al-Muqtadir, and Zohar Liba who will play Abu Bakr.
“We´re thrilled that production of El Cid has begun with such a strong cast and we are confident that this epic story will be welcomed by Prime members not only in Spain, but around the world,” commented Georgia Brown, Director of European Amazon Original Series, Amazon Studios.
“This impressive production will truly transport viewers back to the Middle Ages,” said José Velasco, producer and one of the series’ creators. “Jaime Lorente encompasses Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar in all ways and we are excited to bring the story to life with such a talented cast. El Cid rides again!”
El Cid is created by Zebra Producciones. The producers are José Velasco and Sara Fernández-Velasco.
Prime members will be able to watch El Cid with the Prime Video app available on smart TVs, mobile devices, Fire TV, Fire TV stick, Fire tablets, Apple TV, game consoles, Chromecast and through Vodafone TV.