For a while there, we were worried. There seemed to be a way too long stretch of time where Antonio Banderas looked like he might never rebound from what seemed to be a string of bad choices. While he was keeping the lights on with “Shrek” movies, he was starring in one movie after another that no saw/heard of. Remember “The Big Bang,” “The Code,” “Bordertown,” or “Take The Lead“? Yeah, neither do we. But 2011 has been a return to form. He reteamed with Pedro Almodovar for the severely underrated “The Skin I Live In,” starred in the epic “Black Gold” and next week, he appears in Steven Soderbergh‘s “Haywire.” Now, he’s eyeing a role that will definitely keep him in the spotlight.
Banderas is looking to step into the shoes of Fidel Castro for the upcoming “Castro’s Daughter.” In the works for a while now, the film will tell the story of Alina Fernandez, Fidel Castro’s daughter, who escaped Cuba as a Spanish tourist and went on to write her biography, “Castro’s Daughter: An Exile’s Memory of Cuba,” upon which the screenplay by Bobby Moresco (“Crash“) and Nilo Cruz will be based. Comparisons are being thrown around by the producers to “The King’s Speech” for the film that will track the daughter shaking off the ill effects of life on Cuba and under Castro.
Of course, the big wildcard here is director Michael Radford, who hasn’t made a movie since “Flawless” five years ago (not counting “La Mula” which is stuck in post-production hell after he was locked out of the editing bay) and nothing of note in the two decades since “Il Postino.” But should everything come together — and we presume it will hinge on landing someone like Banderas in the lead — the project will shoot in Puerto Rico. [ScreenDaily]