Jennifer Lawrence is set to star as Fidel Castro’s young lover in Marita, a pitch Sony has acquired from American Hustle scribe Eric Warren Singer. The Oscar winner will play Marita Lorenz – the real-life femme fatale who romanced Castro, was involved in a plot to assassinate him, and even observed a conspiracy to kill JFK. THR first reported the casting.
Leslie Mann has taken over Jennifer Aniston’s former role in The Comedian, director Taylor Hackford’s film for Cinelou starring Robert De Niro as a toxic insult comic. Mann’s character befriends the acerbic comedian after they unexpectedly connect at a wedding. The film will shoot early this year in New York. Art Linson, wrote the script with comic Jeffrey Ross.