Andy Garcia to direct film about Hemingway

Guadalajara: Cuban-American actor Andy Garcia said during an appearance at Mexico`s Guadalajara International Film Festival that he planned to make a film about "the last 10 years of the life" of legendary writer Ernest Hemingway.

"I`ve always been passionate about fishing and about the book "The Old Man and the Sea", and I knew that I had to do this screenplay," Garcia said Saturday during a discussion with young filmmakers a few hours before being honoured at the official opening ceremony.

Hemingway, who committed suicide July 2, 1961, in Ketchum, Idaho, wrote "The Old Man and the Sea", one of his most famous novels, at Finca Vigia, the house 20 km outside Havana where he lived from 1939 to 1961.

Garcia said during his appearance at the Talent Campus at the Expo Guadalajara, the venue for most of the events at the 27th Guadalajara International Film Festival, that Anthony Hopkins would play Hemingway.

The actor and director said he was working to get Annette Bening to play Mary Welsh, Hemingway`s wife.

Garcia said he would like to play Gregorio Fuentes, who captained Hemingway`s fishing boat and had lobbied for a film to be made about the legendary writer as far back as the 1970s.

The movie is still in the financing stage and filming locations are being discussed, Garcia said.

The actor and director said he would like to shoot the film in Cuba or the Dominican Republic.


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