Jennifer Lawrence is set to star in ‘Marita’, a new movie from Sony that tells the story of Marita Lorenz, the woman who had an affair with Fidel Castro and was involved in the CIA’s assassination attempt on the controversial Cuban leader.
That’s the news that The Hollywood Reporter broke Tuesday night in an exclusive report. The pitch for the movie was made by Eric Warren Singer, who worked on ‘American Hustle’ with Lawrence.
Lawrence, who received her fourth Oscar nomination last week for starring as Joy Mangano in ‘Joy’, and will now be portraying another real-life woman in her next project.
THR says Matt Tolmach will produce the flick with Lawrence and Scott Mednick.
The movie will focus on how Lorenz met Castro when she was 19 years old and then go from there. People says that after living with the controversial leader for a while, Lorenz became pregnant but had an abortion and left Cuba to join anti-communists in the United States. She was then recruited by the CIA for the assassination. The woman did return to Cuba but as the story goes, decided she was in love.
Lorenz is still alive today at age 76 with a residence in Maryland. She’s written two autobiographies and has made some other shocking claims, including that she was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy and also spied on diplomats for the FBI in the 1970s.
THR says Singer spent months developing the project with Mednick and Andre Rouleau before taking it to Lawrence and then to the studios. Fox, Warner Bros, Paramount and Annapurna were all apparently interested in the film before Sony came up with the winning deal.
What will be interesting to see is if Sony actually gets clearance to shoot part of the movie in Cuba. Relations between the island nation and the United States have improved recently since embargoes were eased by President Obama. ‘Fast Furious 8’ is hoping to film there and Conan O’Brien took his talk show there for a special last year. But obviously, the subject matter of ‘Marita’ could pose a problem.
Sony is moving quickly and aiming for a 2017 release.