The film, to be produced by Mankind Entertainment and directed by Michael Radform, will focus on the life of Alina Fernández who was born in 1956 following a romance between the Cuban dictator and socialite Naty Revuelta. Revuelta was married to a doctor at the time of the affair. Alina studied medicine and international relations in Cuba before finally escaping to the United States by pretending to be a Spanish tourist in 1993.
The Latin American Herald Tribune
quotes Fernandez as saying
“I have been a huge fan of Antonio for years, and hope to see him play my father. I think he has a phenomenal charisma, and think he has the nerve to play the role perfectly...I’m very excited that he would consider this,”
reports that the film will be based on a book written by Alina Fernández called 'Castro's Daughter, An Exile's Memoir of Cuba'. Alina strongly disagrees with her father's political views and the regime he has imposed on Cuba. The biopic will be filmed in Puerto Rico.
According to IMDb
, Banderas was born in 1960 in Malaga, Spain. He is married to Melanie Griffiths and they have one child, Stella. He has recently been seen in the 'Shrek' movies and the spin-off 'Puss in Boots'. He also starred in the recent Pedro Almodovar film 'The Skin I Live In'. which has received 16 nominations for the Goya Film Awards and is in the running for a Golden Globe in the 'Best Foreign Picture' category. Antonio Banderas will be one of the presenters at this years Golden Globes Awards on Jan 15.