“James Franco has an obvious physical resemblance with Fidel Castro, besides his skills and charisma,” she instructed the publication.
There had been public outcry from some over Franco’s casting, together with from actor John Leguizamo, as a result of the actor just isn’t Latino.
“No more appropriation Hollywood and streamers! Boycott! This F’d up!,” he wrote. “Plus seriously difficult story to tell without aggrandizement which would b wrong! I don’t got a prob with Franco but he ain’t Latino!”
The movie tells the story of Fernández, who was born as the results of a love affair between Cuban-born socialite Natalia “Naty” Revuelta and Castro.
“I’m sure that Mía Maestro, an actress I admire, will understand and interpret Naty, my mother, in a unique way and I can’t wait to see her building her character,” Fernández instructed Deadline.
“The project is almost entirely Latino, both in front and behind the camera,” she added.