Colombian actress Catalina Sandino Moreno who currently stars alongside Demian Bichir on FX’s The Bridge, and who earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in Maria Full of Grace, is set to star in the historical drama Castro’s Daughter. Sandino Moreno will play Fidel Castro’s exiled daughter Alina Fernandez, who was the result of an extramarital love affair Castro had with a wealthy Cuban socialite Natalia “Naty” Revuelta in the 1950s.
Sarah Siegel-Magness is directing Castro’s Daughter, which was written by Oscar winner Bobby Moresco (Crash) and acclaimed Cuban playwright Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics), who was the first Hispanic to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama. The film will detail parts of Fernandez’s childhood and her escape, which wasn’t detailed in her book and has yet to be told on film. The project was acquired and developed by Mankind Entertainment’s John Martinez
O’Felan and Joe Lamy, who will be producing with Siegel-Magness and her husband Gary Magness through their Smokewood Entertainment Group label, which is best known for producing Lee Daniel’s Precious. Siegel-Magness went on to comment, “I am extremely honored to have Catalina Sandino Moreno join our team to bring our film Castro’s Daughter to life. She is a beautiful and talented actress with the experience and depth of character to play such an important role.”
Smokewood and Mankind are currently casting and plan to start production in Puerto Rico. Sandino Moreno is represented by UTA and Principal Entertainment NY.