James FrancoPhoto: Debra L Rothenberg (Getty Photographs)At the moment, in “Look, we don’t make the information, we simply report on it” information: James Franco is enjoying Fidel Castro, we guess.This involves us per Deadline, which reviews that Franco—who hasn’t launched a mission since 2019, the 12 months he was accused by a number of college students of his Studio 4 performing college of sexually exploitative actions and practices—has signed on to star in Miguel Bardem’s Alina Of Cuba. The Alina in query is Castro’s daughter, Alina Fernández Revuelta, a vocal critic of her father’s authorities who’s concerned in manufacturing of the movie. Revuelta will probably be performed by Ana Villafañe within the film; her mom, Natalia “Naty” Revuelta, will probably be performed by Mía Maestro, who was additionally simply solid in the present day.Slightly than say something that may be seen as casting any aspersions on this manufacturing, we’re simply going to cite in full an extended assertion that one of many movie’s producers, John Martinez O’Felan, gave to Deadline about casting Franco (who has since settled the lawsuit in opposition to him, and filmed a few completely different as-yet unreleased initiatives through the pandemic). It’s what we within the journalism technically check with as “a doozy,” so put together yourselves:Discovering and convincing James Franco to play Castro, was a enjoyable and difficult course of and has been the collaborative work of the universe, as a result of our director’s unique order was to seek out an actor who holds a detailed bodily resemblance to the true Castro to construct from, together with discovering somebody Alina Fernandez would strongly endorse. To get there on such a tricky look to solid, we used Fidel Castro’s historical Galician heraldry as our focal compass, after which combed by your entire ranks of actors with Latin roots in Hollywood to seek out somebody who has an analogous facial construction. In executing a detailed search into our hopefuls by the attention of Spanish and Portuguese family tree which the Galicians held, we discovered that James, by far, had the closest facial likeness of our Business’s main actors, that means that the main target can be to construct out his character accent and we’d have a shocking on-screen match to intrigue audiences and convey the story to life with true visible integrity. Altogether, working with such a supportive and thrilling solid has been a real blessing to our workforce and mission.So, yeah: Congratulations to the universe, the attention of Portuguese family tree, and a “let bygones be bygones” angle to sexual misconduct allegations for this thrilling casting coup.