Los Angeles, Jan 15 (IANS/EFE) The estranged daughter of Cuban leader Fidel Castro wants Hollywood actor Antonio Banderas to play her father in the upcoming biopic “Castro’s Daughter”.
Alina Fernandez suggested the name of the “Mask of Zorro” star to production company Mankind Entertainment. The movie would be directed by Michael Radform, and shot in Puerto Rico.
“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,” Fernandez said.
“Castro’s Daughter” will tell the story of Fernandez, born in 1956 of a romance between young Fidel Castro and Cuban socialite Naty Revuelta, who was married to a doctor at that time.
Fernandez, who now lives in the US, studied medicine and international relations and worked briefly in public relations for Cuba’s National Theater. She later became a model and left the island nation in 1993.
Mankind Entertainment has named Michael Radford, an Oscar nominee for the 1994 movie “The Postman”, to direct the film. The screenplay would be by Robert Moresco, winner of an Academy Award in 2004 for “Crash”, and Nilo Cruz, winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play “Anna in the Tropics”.