Hemingway film gains cast
It was March that I wrote about Anthony Hopkins playing Ernest Hemingway in one of the couple of films about the great writer, and the news today is that he's definitely on the along project along with Annette Bening, and with Andy Garcia producing and directing from a script he co-wrote with Hilary Hemingway, Ernest;s granddaughter.
The film is called Hemingway & Fuentes and follows Hemingway and his best friend Gregorio Fuentes of over two decades that they spent in Cuba, fishing, writing and falling in love. It's during this time that Hemingway wrote The Old Man and the Sea.
There's been a few Hemingway films been talked about in the last little while, there's the Hemingway film based on the biography Papa Hemingway: A Personal Memoir (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), and then there's the one that sees James Gandolfini playing Hemingway, however this is the first one that seems to be moving forward to a film.
Andy Garcia is set to play Fuentes, as well as working behind the camera, with the excellent Anthony Hopkins obviously set to play Hemingway himself and Annette Bening his third wife, Mary Welsh Hemingway.
"I was specifically most interested in Hemingway's connection to Cuba, where he spent the last 20 years of his life, and his relationship with his last captain, Gregorio...
...As an avid fisherman, I got to know older Cuban fisherman who knew Gregorio from the fishing culture of the 40s and 50s, and who would compete in tournaments outside the city of Havana, which was really the beginning of competitive fishing."
He actually wrote the script for the film back in 2005, before he delivered his film The Lost City, but it was only after that film that he picked it up again, and that's when he met with Hilary Hemingway, and together they worked on the script.
Now it looks like it will be heading towards filming, and Andy Garcia is going to have a lot of work on his hands. Meanwhile, we're going to see Hemingway played by the excellent Anthony Hopkins and a superb supporting cast with Andy Garcia and Annette Bening. What's there not to like?