Antonio Banderas’ next role may transform him into one of the world’s most infamous former dictators…
The 51-year-old Spanish actor is in talks with producers to play Fidel Castro in Castro’s Daughter, a film about the life story of Alina Fernández, the love child between the Cuban dictator and Cuban socialite Naty Revuelta.
Fernández tells Screen Daily that she’s excited about the possibility of having the Puss in Boots star sign on.
“I have been a huge fan of Antonio for years,” said the author. “[I] hope to see him play my father.”
Férnandez, who fled Cuba in 1993 and strongly disagrees with Castro’s regime, said she loves Banderas’ “phenomenal charisma.”
“He has the nerve to play the role perfectly,” she says.
The film—based on Fernández’s book, “Castro’s Daughter, An Exile’s Memoir of Cuba”—will shine a light on the father-daughter dynamic between Castro and Fernández.
“While the book is an amazing account of Alina’s life, we decided to take it to the next step,” Mankind Entertainment Producer John Torres told FOX News Latino.
“[We’ll] focus more on the more universal parts of the story that would appeal to audiences worldwide, which is her relationship with her father, and her coming of age.
Mankind Entertainment purchased the rights to the book and looks forward to showing “the former communist leader, and his rebel-spirited daughter,” according to Torres.
Castro’s Daughter—co-written by Bobby Moresco, known for his award winning screenplay for Crash—will be directed by Michael Radford.