James Franco to Play Cuban Fidel Castro in New Film

James Franco has been solid as Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro within the unbiased movie “Alina of Cuba,” Selection has confirmed.

Franco joins the beforehand introduced Ana Villafañe, who portrays the title character Alina Fernandez, Castro’s daughter. As well as, Mía Maestro has additionally joined the solid as Alina’s mom Natalia Revuelta, the Cuban socialite who gave delivery to her after an affair with Castro. The movie will observe Alina’s life as Castro’s illegitimate daughter and a critic of his reign in Cuba earlier than leaving the nation and defecting to Spain in 1993. Franco’s casting was supported by the actual life Fernandez, who’s serving the manufacturing as an on-set artistic and biographical advisor.

Franco’s casting comes lower than a month after the announcement that the actor will seem within the post-war drama “Me, You” from British director Billie August. The movies symbolize a return for Franco following a 2019 lawsuit in opposition to the actor alleging that he sexually exploited younger ladies who took his performing class. The lawsuit was settled final yr. Because the lawsuit, Franco has not appeared in a distributed movie. The actor is repped by Nameless Content material and United Expertise Company within the U.S.

“Alina of Cuba” is directed by Miguel Bardem, based mostly on a script written by Jose Rivera and Nilo Cruz. The film is slated to start manufacturing on Aug. 15, with the crew capturing in Colombia. The supporting solid of the movie consists of Alanna de la Rosa, Maria Cecilia Botero, Harding Junior, Sian Chiong and Rafael Ernesto Hernandez. John Martinez O’Felan and Joe Lamy produce for Mankind Leisure, whereas Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler produce for Maven Display Media and Allen Gilmer and Rikki Speeding produce for Redbud Studios. Government producers embody Javier Gonzalez, Juan Pablo Solano, Simon Beltran, Luis Mandoki and Thaddeus D. Matula.

Along with “Alina of Cuba,” O’Felan can be producing a companion documentary “Revolution’s Daughter,” directed by Thaddeus D. Matula. The movie will shoot concurrently with “Alina of Cuba,” giving a behind-the-scenes take a look at the making of the film and that includes interviews with the actual life Fernandez.

Deadline was the primary to report Franco’s casting within the upcoming movie.

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