This is not good for those of you who are not Latin. Like Franco.
Deadline exclusively announced the news this week that Franco, 44, will play Castro in an independent film Alina from Cuba. This led to an Instagram outburst from Leguizamo, who spoke out against the non-Latino actor.
“How is this still happening? How does Hollywood single us out, but also steal our stories? No more appropriations Hollywood and streamers! Boycott! It’s F’d up! Also, it’s very hard to tell a story that isn’t right!
He added: “I don’t have a problem with Franco, but he’s not Latino!”
His comments struck a nerve and garnered 10,000 likes, including new ones View host Ana Navarro, who said she would join the boycott of the film.
“I would like to think that no Latino actor worth his salt would sign on to play a murderous dictator who terrorized the Cuban people for six decades,” Navarro wrote. “For both of the reasons you have given, I join your boycott.”
Franco, a two-time Golden Globe winner, will work with Imagen Award winner Mía Maestro as Natalia “Naty” Revuelta, the Cuban-born socialite with whom he has a passionate love affair.
They join previously announced actress Ana Villafañe, who plays Alina Fernandez, aka Castro’s daughter.
Screenplay from Oscar-nominated scribe Jose Rivera (Motorcycle Diaries) and Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz, follows the true story of a Cuban exile turned social advocate,
Filmed in and around Cartagena and Bogotá, the film features Colombian colonial Spanish architecture and design in Castro-era Havana, Cuba. Cameras will roll on August 15.