George Clooney has been tapped to direct The Yankee Comandante, a drama based on a New Yorker article on an American who assisted Fidel Castro and other Cuban rebels in overthrowing dictator Fulgencio Batista, reports the Hollywood Reporter. Clooney and Grant Heslov will produce the film through their production company, Smokehouse. The movie will be a Focus Features film.
The New Yorker article on which the movie is based was published in the May 28 issue, and explores the life of American William Alexander Morgan, who was the only foreigner (other than Che Guevara) to be given the title of Comandante in Cuba. The article revealed how Morgan assisted Castro and his rebel forces, and became a trusted member of Castro’s army. Things took a strange turn when Morgan was later placed before a firing squad and accused of being a spy for the U.S.
We’d say with that level of intrigue, this movie is already set to be a blockbuster. We can’t wait to get more details.
By Samantha Leal