James Franco Scores Fidel Castro Role Sued by John Leguizamo for Appropriation

James Franco is stirring controversy again, with news that he has been cast to play former Cuban leader Fidel Castro in a new movie, Alina of Cuba, according to Deadline.

This will be one of Franco’s first acting roles since he was charged with sexual misconduct in 2019. But the sexual scandal isn’t the only reason people are angry at the casting news, Fox News reports.

The film follows the story of Castro’s illegitimate daughter, Alina Fernandez, who didn’t know who her powerful father was until she was ten.

Shortly after the announcement, actor John Leguizamo shared his outrage at the casting on social media.

He wrote, “How is this still going? How does Hollywood exclude us, but also steal our stories?”

The Colombian-born actor wrote of Franco: “he’s not Latino!”

Franco has Portuguese and Swedish ancestry on his paternal side, as well as Russian Jewish on his maternal side.

Leguizamo’s social media commentary continued with his condemnation of the industry, writing, “No more appropriation of Hollywood and streamers! Boycott! This F’d up!”

This certainly isn’t the first time Hollywood casting has pissed off potential viewers.

Scarlett Johansson was cast in Ghost in the shell as Motoku Kusanagi, a character who first appeared in the Japanese manga.

Others were upset and wondered why Emma Stone was cast to play a Hawaiian woman in aloha.

Leguizamo representatives did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

This article originally appeared on Fox News and is reproduced here with permission

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