Fidel Castro’s daughter supports James Franco as her father

Alina Fernández, daughter of the former Cuban dictator who died in 2016, told Deadline she is supporting Franco as her father in the upcoming indie film “Alina of Cuba.”

“James Franco bears a clear physical resemblance to Fidel Castro, aside from his skills and charisma,” she told the publication.

There had been public outcry from some over Franco’s casting, including actor John Leguizamo, because the actor is not Latino.

“How does this continue? How does Hollywood exclude us but also steal our stories?” Leguizamo posted on his verified Instagram account.

“No more Hollywood and streamer appropriation! Boycott! It’s over!” he wrote. “Also, a very difficult story to tell without enlargement, which would be wrong! I have no problem with Franco, but he’s not a Latino!”

The film tells the story of Fernández, born of a love affair between Cuban-born socialite Natalia “Naty” Revuelta and Castro.

“I’m sure Mía Maestro, an actress I look up to, will understand and portray Naty, my mother, in a unique way and I can’t wait to see her build her character,” Fernández told Deadline.

“The project is almost entirely Latino, both in front of and behind the camera,” she added.