James Franco, who was accused of sexual misconduct by a number of girls in 2018, has been forged as Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro in “Alina of Cuba.” The unbiased movie will chronicle the story of Castro’s daughter Alina Fernandez, in line with Deadline.
Fernandez was 10 years previous when she discovered Castro was her organic father. She later grew to become a staunch anti-Castro activist and was arrested a number of instances as a dissident for trying to flee the communist nation earlier than efficiently defecting to Spain in 1993.
Fernandez will function an on-set artistic and biographical advisor, and the venture was written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter José Rivera and Cuban Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz. However Franco’s casting has already sparked backlash — most notably from his fellow actors.
“How is this still going on?” John Leguizamo captioned an Instagram publish Friday. “How is Hollywood still excluding us but stealing our narratives as well? No more appropriation Hollywood and streamers! Boycott! This F’d up!”
“Plus seriously difficult story to tell without aggrandizement which would b wrong!” Leguizamo added. “I don’t got a prob with Franco but he ain’t Latino!”
“I’m auditioning for another generic Latin-American drug dealer and James Franco is dead ass playing Fidel Castro,” tweeted actor Jeff Torres. “Latinos gettin’ done dirty af out here and everywhere.”
Lead artistic producer John Martinez O’Felan informed Deadline the casting was rigorously thought-about, nevertheless, and that he “combed through the entire ranks of actors with Latin roots in Hollywood.” He famous Franco, who’s one-quarter Portuguese, had a “close physical resemblance” to Castro.
O’Felan informed Deadline his crew particularly targeted on actors of Spanish and Portuguese heritage as a result of Galicians like Castro shared that ancestry. He mentioned Franco was forged for having “the closest facial likeness” and that he succeeded in “finding someone Alina Fernandez would strongly endorse.”
O’Felan mentioned the “focus has been to produce an artistic piece of modern Hispanic history, with the vision for the project as being truly inclusive through uniting actors and creatives from intergenerational and recent Latin roots from the U.S., Latin America, and the world.”
The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative on the College of Southern California’s College for Communication and Journalism responded to the news on Twitter by contrasting the cancelation of “multiple Latinx shows” with Franco’s casting: “No wonder there is so little progress in this town.”
The supporting forged contains Cuban-born actors Sian Chiong and Rafael Ernesto Hernandez, in addition to María Cecilia Botero from “Encanto.” “Alina of Cuba” will begin filming in Cartagena and Bogota, Colombia, later this month with the colonial structure mimicking Havana’s.