Jennifer Lawrence to play Fidel Castro's lover in new film

Posted: 29-Jan-16 09:41

The life of Fidel Castro's former lover, Marita Lorenz, is about to be made into a film - with Hollywood A-lister Jennifer Lawrence playing the title role. Spy drama Marita will tell the story of Lorenz, who fell in love and lived with Castro aged 19, before being embroiled in a plot to assassinate the Cuban president.

Jennifer Lawrence to play Fidel Castro's lover in new film

Hollywood A-lister Jennifer Lawrence is to star in a new film about Cuban president Fidel Castro's love life.

Marita, which could be released next year, will focus on Marita Lorenz and how began an affair with Castro when she was a teenager.

Lawrence will play Lorenz in the film, which is being developed by Eric Warren Singer. It won't be the first time the pair have worked together – Singer co-wrote American Hustle, the 2013 hit which starred Lawrence.

Sony have already acquired Lorenz's life rights following pitches to a number of companies, including Universal, Warner Bros, Lionsgate, Paramount and Fox, and work on production is already under way.

Lorenz's story is certainly one worthy of the cinematic treatment. Born in Germany and having escaped a Nazi concentration camp as a child, she arrived in Havana in 1959, just after the end of the Cuban Revolution, where Castro took a shine to her. She lived with Castro for several months, during which time she became pregnant and aborted the child.

After leaving the island and joining an anti-Castro group of activists in America, she was approached by the CIA to assassinate the Cuban leader. She was employed to poison Castro, but, instead, failed to go through with the plan and told Castro about the sinister plot, claiming she was still in love with him.

Lorenz later had an affair with Venezuelan dictator Marcos Perez Jiminez, claimed to have been part of the assassination of John F Kennedy and went on to work for the FBI.

Lorenz wrote her autobiography, Marita: One Woman's Extraordinary Tale Of Love And Espionage From Castro To Kennedy, in 1993, and a second autobiography in 2001. Her tale inspired My Little Assassin, a 1999 TV film.

This won't be the first time Lawrence has taken on a biopic role. The actress won a third Best Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano in Joy.

Meanwhile, Cuba is opening up as a filming location since diplomatic relations between the island and the US have thawed. House of Lies and Conan have both been filmed in Cuba recently, while it has been reported that producers of Fast and Furious 8 are hoping to use the island in scenes.


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