Jennifer Lawrence is attached to portray Fidel Castro’s mistress Marita Lorenz in the romantic spy drama “Marita” for Sony Pictures. A director is expected to be locked down soon with the hope of getting the film out in late 2017.
The story centers on Lorenz and how she met and began an affair with the Cuban leader in 1959 when she was 19. She left Cuba and joined anti-communists in the U.S., where she was recruited by the CIA for an assassination mission.
In 1960, she returned to Cuba to carry out the mission but instead yielded to love. Lorenz also claimed to have been involved in JFK’s assassinationo, spied on diplomats for the FBI, and had an affair with a Venezuelan dictator.
“American Hustle” co-scribe Eric Warren Singer penned the script while Lawrence, Scott Mednick, Andre Rouleau and Matt Tolmach will produce.
The news comes the same day as word has broken that “Carol” screenwriter Phyllis Nagy is adapting Rachel Kushner’s book “Telex From Cuba” for Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. That book deals with an American community in Cuba during the years leading up to Castro’s revolution.