Jennifer to play Castro’s lover in ‘Marita’

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Los Angeles, Jan 20 (IANS) Actress Jennifer Lawrence will star in upcoming film “Marita” – about Marita Lorenz who had an affair with Fidel Castro and was involved in a CIA assassination attempt on the Cuban leader.

Sony Pictures has acquired rights to the story of Lorenz’s life after a bidding war against Universal Pictures, Warner Bros, Fox, Paramount and Lionsgate, reports

Lawrence received her fourth Academy Award nomination last week for “Joy”, for which she won a Golden Globe.

Earlier, she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “Silver Linings Playbook” and received nominations for “American Hustle” and “Winter’s Bone”.

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 him.

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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”.

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