James Franco, who was accused of sexual misconduct by a number of gals in 2018, has been cast as Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro in “Alina of Cuba.” The unbiased film will chronicle the story of Castro’s daughter Alina Fernandez, according to Deadline.
Fernandez was 10 several years previous when she learned Castro was her biological father. She later turned a staunch anti-Castro activist and was arrested a number of instances as a dissident for attempting to flee the communist nation ahead of effectively defecting to Spain in 1993.
Fernandez will provide as an on-established creative and biographical specialist, and the venture was composed by Oscar-nominated screenwriter José Rivera and Cuban Pulitzer Prize-profitable playwright Nilo Cruz. But Franco’s casting has presently sparked backlash — most notably from his fellow actors.
“How is this still likely on?” John Leguizamo captioned an Instagram put up Friday. “How is Hollywood continue to excluding us but stealing our narratives as properly? No more appropriation Hollywood and streamers! Boycott! This F’d up!”
“Plus seriously challenging story to tell without having aggrandizement which would b completely wrong!” Leguizamo included. “I do not obtained a prob with Franco but he ain’t Latino!”
“I’m auditioning for a further generic Latin-American drug dealer and James Franco is useless ass taking part in Fidel Castro,” tweeted actor Jeff Torres. “Latinos gettin’ completed dirty af out right here and just about everywhere.”
Lead innovative producer John Martinez O’Felan instructed Deadline the casting was carefully considered, nonetheless, and that he “combed by way of the total ranks of actors with Latin roots in Hollywood.” He famous Franco, who is just one-quarter Portuguese, experienced a “close bodily resemblance” to Castro.
O’Felan explained to Deadline his team specially centered on actors of Spanish and Portuguese heritage for the reason that Galicians like Castro shared that ancestry. He explained Franco was solid for owning “the closest facial likeness” and that he succeeded in “finding anyone Alina Fernandez would strongly endorse.”
O’Felan reported the “focus has been to generate an artistic piece of modern day Hispanic historical past, with the vision for the undertaking as becoming really inclusive through uniting actors and creatives from intergenerational and new Latin roots from the U.S., Latin America, and the planet.”
The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California’s University for Communication and Journalism responded to the news on Twitter by contrasting the cancelation of “multiple Latinx shows” with Franco’s casting: “No marvel there is so minimal development in this town.”
The supporting solid features Cuban-born actors Sian Chiong and Rafael Ernesto Hernandez, as effectively as María Cecilia Botero from “Encanto.” “Alina of Cuba” will start out filming in Cartagena and Bogota, Colombia, afterwards this month with the colonial architecture mimicking Havana’s.
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