After the sexual exploitation lawsuits filed by two of his former students in 2019, the actor nominated for an Oscar for 127 hours is back in the acting world, and his next role is causing controversy for more than one reason. James Franco will play nothing more and nothing less than Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Alina of Cuba.
The film will narrate the life of Alina Fernández, the illegitimate daughter of “El Comandante” and a dissident voice of his regime. Fernández, who decided to leave Cuba in 1993, works as a consultant for the feature film and gave her approval for Franco’s election.
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Producer John Martinez O’Felan explained to dead line that it was always thought of working with actors and creatives with Latin roots from all over the world. Regarding the casting for Fidel Castro, he described it as a fun and challenging process since the order was to find someone with a great physical resemblance.
“We used Fidel Castro’s old Galician heritage as our focal compass, and then we searched through all the actors with Latino roots in Hollywood to find someone who had a similar facial structure,” said the producer. “By doing a thorough search of our applicants from the perspective of the Spanish and Portuguese genealogy that the Galicians had, we discovered that James Franco, by far, had the closest facial resemblance among the main actors in our industry, which means that the The focus would be on building her character’s accent and that we would have a stunning combination on screen to intrigue audiences and bring this story to life with true visual integrity.”
The main cast of Alina from Cuba It is completed by Ana Villafañe as Alina Fernández and Mía Maestro as Natalia Revuelta. The film directed by Miguel Bardem will begin shooting in mid-August on location in Cartagena and Bogotá.
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The entry Alina de Cuba: Why was James Franco chosen to play Fidel Castro? was first published in Cine PREMIERE.