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Jennifer Lawrence to play Fidel Castro’s lover in new film Marita

American Hustle scribe Eric Warren Singer penned script based on the life of Marita Lorenz

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    On the heels of a fourth Oscar nod for her role in Joy, Jennifer Lawrence has signed on to portray another real-life character. JLaw will play Fidel Castro’s teenaged lover, Marita Lorenz, in Marita, a new film from American Hustle scribe Eric Warren Singer.

    At the age of 19, Lorenz began an affair with Castro in 1959, when the Cuban leader was 33 years old. She lived with the controversial prime minister for a while before defecting to the US and joining the anti-communist movement. She was soon recruited by the CIA and sent back to Cuba in 1960 for an assassination attempt. As the story goes, love won out and Lorenz abandoned her mission.

    Her fascinating story doesn’t end there, either. Lorenz also had an affair with a Venezuelan dictator, claimed to have been involved in the John F. Kennedy assassination, and said she was an FBI spy in the 1970s. However, it does not appear that Marita will cover these events.

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    Sony Pictures snatch up the project after a hot bidding war from interested parties. Lawrence will also produce alongside Matt Tolmach, Scott Mednick, and Andre Rouleau. Sony hopes to attach a director soon with an eye on a fourth-quarter 2017 release. In other words, get that Oscar buzz going again.

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