Jennifer Lawrence is attached to play Fidel Castro’s lover, Marita Lorenz, in “Marita,” a hot pitch from “American Hustle” writer Eric Warren Singer that was just acquired by Sony Pictures, TheWrap has learned.
Lorenz is a German woman who had an affair with Castro in 1959 when she was just 19. After having an abortion and leaving Cuba, she was recruited by the CIA to take part in an assassination attempt on Castro’s life, though her feelings for the communist leader got in the way of her completing her mission.
Lorenz, who is still alive and living in Maryland, is now the center of a romantic spy drama that will be produced by Matt Tolmach, Andre Rouleau, Scott Mednick and Lawrence.
Singer has a good relationship with Lawrence, who co-starred in “American Hustle,” and the Oscar-nominated writer developed the “Marita” pitch with her in mind. Expect Sony to pay Lawrence as much as her male co-stars this time around.
Lawrence received her fourth Oscar nomination last week for her performance in “Joy,” which also won her a Golden Globe earlier this month. She next stars in “X-Men: Apocalypse” and Sony’s sci-fi romance “Passengers,” in which she’ll be paired with Chris Pratt.
Lawrence is represented by CAA, while UTA and attorney Mark Gochman rep Singer, who also had a hand in writing “Uncharted” for Sony.
For the record: A previous version of the story had an incorrect title for the project.