Diana Nyad’s story of historic swim from Florida to Cuba hits the big screen (includes video story)

Oscar winning directors are back with their first narrative feature film, “Nyad.” It’s based on the true story of Diana Nyad’s historical 60-hour swim, making her the first person to complete the swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage or any protection from marine life. 

Nyad attempted the swim four times and she finally achieved her dream in 2013 at the age of 64. She received a sporting medal from Cuba and since then has become a well-known athlete in Florida. 

The new film depicts Nyad’s journey to prepare, and ultimately succeed, at completing the long-distance swim. Annette Bening plays the fierce athlete and Jodie Foster plays Bonnie Stoll, her best friend and coach. 

“Jodie and Annette just captured the essence of Diana and myself really,” stated Bonnie Stoll in an interview. 

The movie “Nyad” is open in select theaters today. Check your local listings to watch it on a big screen. It debuts on Netflix on Nov. 3.

Katherine Miranda is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism with a music business certificate and dance minor. After graduation she hopes to land a job at a radio station as an art and entertainment journalist.