The Welsh actor, who has played real-life figures in Nixon, Surviving Picasso, Amistad and The World’s Fastest Indian, will play Hemingway in independent movie Hemingway & Fuentes, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Garcia co-wrote the script with Hemingway’s niece, author Hilary Hemingway. He will star opposite Hopkins — as fishing-boat captain Gregorio Fuentes, who befriended the writer in the last decade of his life.
Fuentes is reportedly the inspiration behind Hemingway’s Santiago character in his beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning tale The Old Man and the Sea.
Annette Bening is in talks to play Hemingway’s wife Mary Welsh, according to the publication.
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