Jennifer Lawrence to Play Fidel Castro’s Lover for Sony

Jennifer Larence Maritz Lorenz
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Jennifer Lawrence will star in “Marita,” Sony’s movie about Marita Lorenz, who had an affair with Fidel Castro and was involved in the CIA’s assassination attempt on the Cuban leader.

Sony has acquired Lorenz’s life rights. The studio acquired a pitch from Eric Warren Singer (“American Hustle”) that was developed with a quartet of producers — Lawrence, Scott Mednick, Andre Rouleau and Matt Tolmach.

Lawrence received her fourth Academy Award nomination last week for “Joy” after winning a Golden Globe for the role. She won the Best Actress Oscar for The Weinstein Company’s “Silver Linings Playbook” and received nominations for Sony’s “American Hustle” and “Winter’s Bone.”

Sony won a bidding war for the Lorenz rights against Universal, Warner Bros., Fox, Paramount and Lionsgate.

Lorenz, a native of Germany, 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.

Ange Giannetti will oversee for the project for the studio.

Lorenz wrote a 1993 autobiography “Marita: One Woman’s Extraordinary Tale of Love and Espionage from Castro to Kennedy” and a second autobiography “Lieber Fidel – Mein Leben, meine Liebe, mein Verrat” in 2001. Her story was the inspiration for the 1999 TV film “My Little Assassin.”

Lawrence will next be seen in “X-Men: Apocalypse” and the sci-fi drama “Passengers” opposite Chris Pratt. She’s attached to Darren Aronofsky’s untitled project for Paramount and to Steven Spielberg’s film “It’s What I Do” about a female war photographer.

Lawrence is repped by CAA. Singer is represented by UTA and attorney Mark Gochman.

The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

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  1. Grunhilde says:

    Jennifer Lawrence is a good actress but she looks nothing like Marita Lorenz. Marita was a shapely dark haired and dark eyed woman who is and shorter than Lawrence. Marita always looked more Spanish than German.

  2. :D says:

    Jennifer Lawrence is an amazing actress!! :D Anyone who says otherwise is a joke! Go girl!!

  3. Bill B. says:

    This is a very talented and entertaining person who is having one of the most remarkable career beginnings in film history, but she needs to lay a little low as she might be starting to become overexposed. I’m already sensing some Lawrence fatigue setting in. Besides the number of movies she makes, she seems to be everywhere all the time. She’d better chill a bit. With a career that has started like this one has, there is only one way to go and that is down. We all know how we humans turn on those who receive too much success sometimes.

    • James says:

      But I don’t think it’s her fault if she is overexposed, which imo she is not. I mean she has to go out and promote movies, then she is nominated for EVERY award show for these movies and she has to show up or create excuses not to go…It’s not easy to not be overexposed when you are number one and everyone is watching every little thing you do and writing articles about it. It’s the media’s fault not hers. She has made clear that she would only like to act, but the interviews, the award shows are part of the job unfortunately. She should do like Daniel Day-Lewis and stay hidden somewhere, but he does one movie in two or more years…Jennifer is constantly working and also other actresses her age are constantly working. I think she is doing the right thing but will have to slow down at some point.

  4. Martha says:

    I am a huge Jennifer Lawrence fan and I’m happy she is getting all the best roles…Marita’s story is so incredible! This is going to be great.

  5. Zeus says:

    Actually Jennifer Lawrence won for best actress not supporting.

  6. Zeus says:

    Actually Jennifer won for best actress not supporting actress. Please correct

  7. guest says:

    What affair? The fact that they messed up the information about Lawrence? I honestly don’t know how they can be so incompetent so often…they should fire those unprofessionals and hire some talented people.

  8. mountsalish says:

    I don’t expect my previous comment to actually appear. Nevertheless a lot of people are wondering how the premier newspaper of the entertainment industry was the source of such a tawdry affair.

    • this all seems irrelevant to me whois Am-Erika Double Dutch Myst Khant Tree saddened by Glenn Fry (the Eagles) and David Jones (Bowie) passings without knowing for certain th@ The Man Who Sold The World & Red Sail Major [under my] Thumb Ground Control [firing of] Bush-Cheyney-Saudi-Mossad by the power and Glory given, by Jove, to ally-cat Fritz the [proverbial Pink Floydian ‘flying’] Private Investigator General (P. I. G.) yellow brick alley gator Gato whois hearer, inheritor, et al. [copyrighted] ‘dark haired prince of peace’ and 2nd wine of Christ whois His Lamb Islam, The New Jew[el] in GOD’s Crown of Creation & eek-a-mouse Zum Galli Gentile whois also ICP’s Little Yellow Bus = The Beatles’ Yellow Sub Marine [Sammy was-a-Gun] Jonah the Jubilee Whale and BOC’s Revenge of Vera Gemini [Jefferson Airplane/Starship ‘ride the’] Tiger White Rhythmic Wizard Up The Hill Back-Words Black Talking Great White Red Queen Water Buffalo [golden hearted] beast of burden ox A to Z ass axe Rabbit Blanco @ Don’t You Know Who I Am (Happyland) ?

      Unfortunately you have done nothing for [follow] me lately, ergo you only get A4V style Debt Free
      when the Judgement Committee for The Eminence Front Shoa gets enough one each emails sent to postmaster@nobel.no with ‘peace’ in the subject line.

    • guest says:

      What affair? The fact that they messed up the information about Lawrence? I honestly don’t know how they can be so incompetent so often…they should fire those unprofessionals and hire some talented people.

  9. mountsalish says:

    Not only did Lawrence win best actress for Silver Linings Playbook , that film was produced and distributed by The Weinstein Company, not Sony.

    You had one job and you couldn’t get it right. What’s the problem? Too busy cutting more misleading clips about Lawrence to post on Twitter?

  10. Reader says:

    …and this will wind up grossing even less than “Joy”.

    • Marc says:

      Joy will end up grossing around 100 million…for that kind of movie and the mixed reviews it received it is a big win and a proof that Lawrence can open a movie.

  11. Marc says:

    This is great. This movie could be a great showcase of Jennifer Lawrence’s talent and a memorable one if done right. Can’t wait!

  12. john says:

    Jennifer Lawrence is the best actress in the world. She can do anything, she is fearless. This project sounds great. Oscar nomination number 7-8? (assuming she is nominated another 2 times before this).

  13. Dave McNary says:

    Thanks, Mo. Has been revised

  14. Cory says:

    Jennifer Lawence actually won the Oscar for Best Actress for SLP, not supporting

  15. Wendy says:

    Jennifer Lawrence is TERRIBLE ………….only pretty,that’s all folks!

  16. Wendy says:

    Worst Movie of the Year=”JOY”….terrible,nonsens,overACTING movie,and also the voice/accent of Jennifer Lawrence in this movie and other movies=over the Top/Overacting/Not realistic….i don’t like Jennifer Lawrence(mk ultra puppet/victim)…also another Movie with NOT Jennifer Lawrence in it,is TERRIBLE.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…….THE DANISH GIRL

    • Therezinha Barone says:

      Wendy:who cares about your opinion.It seems you don´t understand anything about movies, actor, actresses…Jennifer is considered the best “actress” of her generation, not by a lot of stupid people, but by critics and also people who work in the movies industry.I´m sure you envy her fame and success.

  17. Uncle Ruckus says:

    So Emma Stone play’s a Asian girl, and J. Law is playing a Hispanic ho! Castro had a harem of cheap Commie worshiping sluts! Never mind Cameron Crowe could have chose Brenda Song for Aloha! And this movie could have someone like Victoria Justice who has the right ethnic look! But that’s ok, and J. LAW ISN’T RACIST BECAUSE SHE’S A HARD-LEFT FREAK! Neither are the producers of this /Castro/Commie love story! Will J. Law play Che’s lover next???? Who knows!

  18. Tawanda says:

    Um, she won best actress, not best supporting.

  19. Mo'Nique says:

    She would.

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