Casting : Franco, Comer, Butler, Hardy, Sy

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“The Disaster Artist” alum James Franco will play Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Miguel Bardem’s ”Alina of Cuba” with Mía Maestro set to play Natalia “Naty” Revuelta, the Cuban-born socialite he has a passionate love affair with. Ana Villafañe is already set as Alina Fernandez aka Castro’s Daughter in the Jose Rivera and Nilo Cruz-penned film, which follows “the true-life story of Cuban exile turned social advocate, Fernandez, whose birth was the result of the tryst between Revuelta and Castro. Revuelta sacrificed her and her physician husband’s personal belongings and finances to help fund the start of the communist revolution. Fernandez learned that 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 grew to become one of Castro’s most outspoken critics, arrested on more than one occasion for trying to leave, and was classified as a dissident forbidden to travel outside of Cuba. Ultimately, she defected to Spain in 1993, an event that drew headlines from every major news network around the world, before she made Miami her permanent home.” [More…]

Jodie Comer, Austin Butler and Tom Hardy will star in Jeff Nichols’ “The Bikeriders” for New Regency. A fictional story inspired by the photography of Danny Lyon and his 1967 book The Bikeriders, pic is ”set in the 1960s following the rise of a fictional Midwestern motorcycle club. Seen through the lives of its members, the club evolves over the course of a decade from a gathering place for local outsiders into a more sinister gang, threatening the original group’s unique way of life.” [More…]

Omar Sy (“The Intouchables”) will star as the title character in a remake of John Woo classic “The Killer”. The film, being produced for Streamer, tells of a disillusioned assassin named Ah Jong who accepts one last hit, in hopes of using his earnings to restore vision to the singer he accidentally blinded. Woo will also produce alongside his longtime associate Lori Tilkin, with whom he developed the project. [More…]

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