Jennifer Lawrence To Play Fidel Castro’s Devious Lover Marita Lorenz In Sony Biopic

Joy star Jennifer Lawrence has signed on to play sexy siren Marita Lorenz in Sony Pictures’ upcoming biopic Marita, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Lorenz is the German-born American woman who had an affair with Cuban leader Fidel Castro in 1959, and in January 1960, she was recruited by the CIA to assassinate her former lover.

Marita and Castro’s affair began when she was 19 years old. She claims that when she became pregnant, she was forced to have an abortion and their relationship ended. After leaving the home she shared with him in Havana, Lorenz joined anti-Castro activists in Florida. CIA Agent Francisco Fiorini recruited her to assassinate Castro by poisoning his food, but she botched the mission when she confessed to still being in love with Fidel, tipping him off about the murder plot. She would see him for the last time in 1981.

Her political involvement also included spying “on Soviet diplomats in New York City for the FBI in the 1970s, and later testified before Congress, claiming to have been a witness to a JFK assassination conspiracy,” per Washington Post.

Castro helped lead the Cuban revolution and governed the country as its prime minister from 1959 to 1976 and then its president from 1976 to 2008. Under his administration, Cuba became a one-party socialist state; his regime reduced illiteracy, ended racism, and improved the public healthcare system. He was also widely criticized for his economic and political oppression. Fidel permanently gave up the presidency due to his deteriorating health in 2008, handing over power to his brother, Raul, who was 76 years old at the time.

Kentucky-born Jennifer Lawrence gained international fame for playing the heroine Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games film series. She has won numerous acting awards, including three Golden Globe Awards and an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook. She has also won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for American Hustle.

The actress earned her fourth Oscar nomination last week for her performance as Miracle Mop creator Joy Mangano. Marita will reunite Jennifer with American Hustle co-writer Eric Warren Singer. Matt Tolmach will produce the romantic spy drama with Lawrence, Scott Mednick, and Andre Rouleau.

For the February issue of Glamour magazine, JLaw chops it up with editor-in-chief Cindi Leive about everything: her rise to fame, her style, and her outrage at the recent attacks on Planned Parenthood.

“It’s so awful…. It isn’t an attack on abortions; it’s an attack on women. Because Planned Parenthood is so much more [than abortion],” said Jennifer. “My mom was really religious with me when I was young. She’s not so much anymore. And I wouldn’t have been able to get birth control if it weren’t for Planned P. I wouldn’t have been able to get condoms and birth control and all these things I needed as a normal teenager who was growing up in a Jesus house.”

Lawrence also jokes about her attraction for older men, including writer/comedian Larry David who she once gave her number to but he never called, prompting her to agree with Cindi that the actor has a moral compass because of their 40+ year age difference.

“I love that he didn’t call me. It makes him so much hotter,” she said.

When asked if she feels misunderstood, Jennifer said, “I don’t feel like I’m misunderstood. I feel like I’m over-paid-attention-to. I’m not trying to be a GIF. I’m not trying to be a picked-up-on-Twitter quote. All I’m trying to do is act.”

You can catch Jennifer Lawrence as the femme fatale Marita when it hits theaters at the end of 2017.

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