The new film starring James Franco, who is portraying the role of the revolutionary Cuban leader in filmmaker Miguel Bardem’s indie feature Alina of Cuba: La Hija Rebelde is making headlines. After the Colombian actor, John Leguizamo expressed his discontentment towards the movie’s casting, Fidel Castro’s daughter Alina Fernández has shown her support for the casting.
Fidel Castro was a revolutionary who served the country of Cuba both as the President and Prime Minister. He converted the country into a one-party, socialist state under Communist Party rule adopting ideas of the Marxist-Leninist Model of development.
Alina Fernández Endorses James Franco Casting
Fernández has endorsed the casting of this movie stating that “I find the selection of the cast amazing,” she told Deadline. “The project is almost entirely Latino, both in front and behind the camera.” She also added that the actor of Portuguese heritage playing the role of her father shares a ‘resemblance’ stating, “James Franco has an obvious physical resemblance with Fidel Castro, besides his skills and charisma.”
She even praised the actress Ana Villafañe who will portray her role in the movie.
“Ana Villafañe is extraordinarily talented, and not only as an actress because she is also a great singer, a very complete performer. I’m sure that Mía Maestro, an actress I admire, will understand and interpret Naty, my mother, in a unique way and I can’t wait to see her building her character.”
What Do We Know About The Movie?
Alina of Cuba: La Hija Rebelde revolves around the true-life story of Fernandez, the Cuban exile turned social advocate, whose birth was the result of the tryst between Revuelta and Castro. As per the outlet, Villafañe as Fernández, and Mía Maestro as her mother Natalia “Naty” Revuelta along with supporting cast of Alanna de la Rosa, Maria Cecilia Botero (Encanto), Harding Junior, and Cuban-born actors Sian Chiong and Rafael Ernesto Hernandez will be part of the movie. It is scripted by Oscar-nominated scribe Jose Rivera and Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz.
The actor who has shared his concern about the casting has further posted a follow-up video and pointed out how Hollywood has often cast non-Latino actors in Latino roles, while pointing out the number of Latino actors in a movie, and appropriating their stories among many other wrongs.