Jennifer Lawrence is planning to fall in love with Fidel Castro, but thankfully only in a movie, as Variety reports that she’s signed on to play the title role in Marita, for Sony Pictures. No director is currently attached.
The German-born Marita Lorenz ‘was incarcerated at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during World War II. After she had an affair at the age of 19 with Castro, she was approached by the CIA to kill the Cuban leader. Lorenz later testified before Congress in the JFK investigations, claiming that she was witness to a conspiracy between the CIA, Cuban operatives and Lee Harvey Oswald to murder the president, and even spied for the FBI on UN diplomats who lived in her building.’
Sony has purchased the rights to her life, and also bought a pitch from Eric Warren Singer. The whole thing certainly moves up a notch with Lawrence attached, who has a bit of a magic touch when it comes to films like this. It’s not clear when it will shoot.