Wilmer Valderrama has joined the cast of Castro’s Daughter, which based on a book by Alina Fernandez Castro’s Daughter: An Exile’s Memoir of Cuba. Castro’s Daughter will be directed by Sarah Seigel-Magness, and is being produced by Smokewood Entertainment and Mankind Entertainment.
Fernandez was only three years old when her father Fidel Castro took power in 1956. She finally fled Cuba in 1993 disguised as a Spanish tourist and would later write her memoir.
Adding to a cast, with Catalina Sandino Moreno playing the starring role, Valderrama (Handy Mandy, That 70’s Show), who was also recently added to the cast of Robert Rodriguez’ upcoming From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, will play Eduardo a childhood friend of Fernandez who was persecuted under the Castro regime and was eventually exiled in the 1980’s Mariel Boatlifts when Castro emptied his jails and allowed 125,000 refugees to flee to the U.S. Sandino and Valderrama will reunite in this film having worked together in the 2006 indie film Fast Food Nation.
Castro’s Daughter was written by Bobby Moresco (Crash) and Nilo Cruz, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Anna in the Tropics. Mankind Entertainment’s John Martinez O’Felan and Joe Lamy along with Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness of Smokewood Entertainment are producing the film.
Castro’s Daughter is set to begin shooting in late March in Puerto Rico. Of note, the production comes at a time of potential warming relations between the U.S. and Cuba following a handshake between President Obama and Castro’s brother Raul at Nelson Mandela’s funeral.
Oscar winning production designer Brigitte Broch (Moulin Rouge) has also joined the production.
Valderrama is repped by United Talent Agency.