It looks like Andy Garcia will be having a Hemingway of a time…
The 56-year-old Cuban American actor—who recently announced plans to star opposite Vera Farmiga in the indie romantic comedy Admissions—will star opposite Anthony Hopkins and Annette Bening in Hemingway & Fuentes.
The film details Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway’s time in Cuba in the early 1950s and his inspiration for The Old Man And The Sea. The 1952 book was the last new work published by the writer before his death in 1961. It was a best seller, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 and was mentioned by the Nobel Committee in 1954 as one reason Hemingway was given the prize. Gregorio Fuentes, who died in 2002 at 104 years old, was one of the novelist’s closest friends during the last decades of his life and the longtime first mate on Hemingway’s boat.
Hopkins will play Hemingway, while Bening will portray Hemingway’s third wife Mary Walsh Hemingway.
Garcia, who is set to direct the film, will play Gregorio Fuentes.
The novelist’s niece Hilary Hemingway and Garcia wrote the screenplay.
Shooting is scheduled to begin in January 2013.