On Thursday, Deadline reported that Franco would play the highly controversial figure in Miguel Bardem’s film “Alina of Cuba.” The movie will center around the life of Alina Fernandez (Ana Villafañe), who was Castro’s daughter with Cuban socialite Natalia “Naty” Revuelta (Mía Maestro) and a detractor of her father’s governing.
The casting comes a month after Franco got a role in Bille August’s upcoming post-World War II film “Me, You,” his first public role announcement since a proposed settlement of $2.2 million was reached between Franco and two of his former students to settle sexual exploitation and fraud claims in 2021.
In 2018, five women accused Franco of inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior. Four of the women were his students at the film school he founded and the fifth referred to him as a “mentor.”
One of the women, Sarah Tither-Kaplan, told The Times that in a nude orgy scene she filmed with Franco and several women, he removed protective plastic guards covering other actors’’ vaginas while simulating oral sex on them.