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Hollywood actor James Franco, who nearly lost his career after a sex scandal, has been cast as Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Spanish director Miguel Bardem's Alina from Cuba.
" Finding and Persuading James Franco to Play Castro — it was a fun and difficult process that resulted from the team working together, because the director's first desire was to find an actor who had a physical resemblance to the real Castro. And also find someone Alina Fernandez would strongly approve of. We used Fidel Castro's ancient Galician heraldry as a guide, and then scoured the ranks of actors with Latin roots in Hollywood to find someone with a similar facial structure. As a result of careful searches through the Spanish and Portuguese genealogy that the Galicians had, we found that James, by far, had the most facial resemblance… that means we'll focus on creating his character, and we'll have a stunning on-screen persona to intrigue the audience and bring the story to life with genuine visual integrity. Overall, working with such a supportive and engaging cast has been a real blessing for our team and project,” – The creative producer of the project, John Martinez O’Phelan, shared information with Deadline.
Filming should begin on August 15.
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