James Franco will be Fidel Castro in a biopic directed by Miguel Bardem

James Franco will become Fidel Castro in a film directed by the Spaniard Miguel Bardem -son of the filmmaker Juan Antonio Bardem- that will review the life of his daughter Alina Fernández, who has given her consent for the signing.

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05 August 2022 Friday 05:04
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James Franco will be Fidel Castro in a biopic directed by Miguel Bardem

James Franco will become Fidel Castro in a film directed by the Spaniard Miguel Bardem -son of the filmmaker Juan Antonio Bardem- that will review the life of his daughter Alina Fernández, who has given her consent for the signing.

The role, confirmed this Thursday by the specialized press in Hollywood, will mean Franco's return to the cinema after a series of sexual scandals and abuse complaints led him to cancel his projects with the big film studios.

The independently produced film will be titled "Alina of Cuba" and will feature actress Ana Villafañe as the daughter of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, and Mía Maestro as Natalia Revuelta, her mother.

The script will narrate the youth of Alina Fernández as the illegitimate daughter of Castro and her subsequent exile in Spain as an opponent of the Cuban regime. According to Variety magazine, it was Fernández herself, also a producer of the film, who chose Franco to play her father.

The choice is still controversial since Franco is one of the names banned in Hollywood as a result of the movement

Since 2018, several women have accused Franco of sexual abuse and a group of students denounced that he sexually took advantage of the students who attended his acting classes at the Studio 4 school.

The lawsuit was initially filed in 2019 by Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal, who signed up for his course in 2014 and claimed that Franco taught lessons on sex scenes that consisted of "simulated sexual acts that went far beyond the standards of the industry".

The complaint was joined by more students who indicated that the actor recorded some women in their rehearsals and approached young women promising jobs in Hollywood projects that never materialized.

For this reason, Franco signed an agreement with the victims for which he paid 2.3 million dollars to be distributed among those affected.

In addition to Bardem's project, the actor will also participate in the war drama "Me, You" by British filmmaker Billie August.

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