We haven’t seen much of James Franco since allegations of sexual assault was brought up several years ago, but the actor is still working. Deadline has reported that James Franco will play Fidel Castro in Miguel Bardem’s Aline from Cuba.
Aline from Cuba Ana Villafañe stars as Alina Fernandez, a Cuban exile who just happened to be Fidel Castro’s daughter. The film will follow the true story of Alina, “whose birth was the result of the ordeal between Revuelta and Castro. Revuelta sacrificed her and her doctor husband’s personal possessions and finances to help finance the start of the communist revolution. Fernandez learned she was Fidel Castro’s daughter at the age of 10 when, after years of secret visits to her home, her mother finally revealed that ‘El Comandante’ was her biological father.Alina became one of Fidel Castro’s most outspoken critics and was arrested on more than one occasion for trying to leave. She eventually escaped and defected to Spain. Mía Maestro will play Natalia “Naty” Revuelta alongside Ana Villafañe as Alina and James Franco as Fidel Castro.
Producer John Martinez O’Felan talked about finding the perfect actor to play the Cuban leader.
Finding and convincing James Franco to play Castro was a fun and challenging process and has been the collaboration of the universe because our director’s original order was to find an actor who has a close physical resemblance to the real Castro to build off of find someone who Alina Fernandez strongly supports. To arrive at such a hard-to-cast look, we used Fidel Castro’s ancient Galician heraldry as our focus compass, then combed through the entire array of actors with Latin roots in Hollywood to find someone with a similar facial structure. By conducting a close search of our hopeful through the eyes of Spanish and Portuguese genealogy that the Galicians had, we found that James had by far the closest facial likeness of our industry’s leading players, meaning that the focus would be to build his character accent and we would have a great match on screen to intrigue the audience and bring the story to life with true visual integrity. All in all, working with such a supportive and exciting cast has been a true blessing to our team and project.
Oscar-nominated author Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) and Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz have written the script, and production is set to begin in and around Cartagena and Bogota on 15 August. I don’t know if I would have pegged James Franco as a Fidel Castro lookalike, but there is definitely a resemblance.