Hopkins to Play Hemingway in Garcia Epic

Anthony Hopkins will play literary legend Ernest Hemingway in Andy Garcia‘s new movie about the writer’s relationship with the Cuban fisherman who inspired his novel The Old Man and the Sea.

Garcia will play the fisherman, Gregorio Fuentes, in Hemingway & Fuentes, and Annette Bening has signed on to play the writer’s third wife, Mary.

Garcia will also direct the film next year from a script he wrote with Hemingway’s granddaughter Hilary, according to Variety.

The actor/director admits he’s thrilled to have landed a big fish like Hopkins for his new film: “Anthony is one of the greatest actors, and I’d heard he’d been interested in playing the character in the past. I’m blessed that he responded.”

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