Michael Radford to helm Cuban historical drama

Brit director Michael Radford (“Il Postino”) will helm Mankind Entertainment’s historical drama “Castro’s Daughter.”

“Daughter” is being produced by Mankind’s John Torres Martinez and Joe Lamy. The screenplay was written by Bobby Moresco (“Crash”) and centers on Alina Fernandez, exiled daughter of Fidel Castro.

She fled Cuba in 1993 disguised as a Spanish tourist and later wrote her memoir “Castro’s Daughter: An Exile’s Memoir of Cuba.” Fernandez lectures at colleges and appears as a commentator on news shows.

Radford’s credits include his adaptation of George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty Four.”

Filming is expected to take place in Puerto Rico. Casting will begin in the coming months.

Mankind Entertainment is an Austin-based specialty film company founded by Martinez and Lamy. Martinez previously managed a Texas based entertainment law firm and Lamy develops commercial real estate in the Austin area.

Mankind Entertainment is also developing Nilo Cruz’s Broadway play “Anna in the Tropics.” Lee Daniels, who directed “‘Precious,” is developing the screenplay with Cruz.

The company’s two films are set up at William Morris Endeavor’s Global Finance and Distribution unit for packaging, financing and sales.

Radford’s attachment was put together by Mankind and Sue Rodgers at Independent Talent in London.

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