James Franco receives backlash over being cast as Fidel Castro

By Ellen James August 05, 2022
James Franco receives backlash over being cast as Fidel Castro

Spiderman star James Franco invited backlash from netizens after it was revealed that the actor will play Fidel Castro in an upcoming biopic about the late Cuban leader's daughter.

His role in the upcoming film titled Alina of Cuba: La Hija Rebelde, will mark his first after two women filed lawsuits against him in 2019, alleging sexual misconduct.

The film producer spoke to Deadline about the actor’s casting and revealed the film's team aimed to cast an actor with "Latin roots" who also has "a similar facial structure" to Castro's.

Franco has Portuguese ancestry on his father's side.

However, the news did not sit well with the netizens and they expressed outrage over his return to Hollywood.

"Unless u go to jail, getting me too’d has like a two year expiration date," one user wrote.

"James Franco literally sexually abused several women why would you want him to get 'un-canceled,'" another wrote on Twitter.

People also had problems with Franco playing a Cuban role.

"James Franco coming back and whitewashing a Latin American figure?" wrote one. "A double whammy of awfulness. Yay."