Jennifer Lawrence Is Going To Play Fidel Castro’s Lover-Turned-Assassin

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01.20.16
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The ageless Jennifer Lawrence (in that she’ll portray characters of any age, from 9 to 95) is momentarily finished with franchises. There will be no more Hunger Games, at least no more Hunger Games starring Katniss, and Lawrence’s contractual obligation to painting herself Mystique blue is completed with X-Men: Apocalypse in post-production.

Instead of giving Hot Topic something to fill its shelves with, the Oscar winner will have sex with Chris Pratt in space, finish her screenplay with Amy Schumer, get captured by the Libyan army, and probably do heroin or grow some wings or something in “Untitled Darren Aronofsky Project.”

With that gap in her schedule, Lawrence might accidentally agree to a nine-picture deal for a YA book-to-movie adaptation about teen gnomes and the trolls that love them, so she’s already found her next role: Fidel Castro’s lover.

[Lawrence] is attached to portray Marita Lorenz in Marita, a hot pitch from Eric Warren Singer, co-writer of American Hustle.

Marita centers on Lorenz and how she met and began an affair with Cuban leader Fidel Castro in 1959 when she was 19 years old. After living with Castro for a spell, Lorenz left Cuba and joined anti-communists in the U.S., where she was recruited by the CIA for an assassination mission. In 1960, she returned to Cuba to carry out the mission but, according to lore, yielded to love. (Via)

Lorenz also claimed to have been involved with the JFK assassination, but that’s more of an Oliver Stone movie. There’s no word on who will play Castro, or whether the film will be shot in Cuba, which is now a possibility. Maybe while Lawrence has a break from Marita, she can drop by the Fast & Furious 8 set and loudly tell everyone how much she loves Benihana.

Hey, it worked for her buddy Aziz.

(Via the Hollywood Reporter)

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