Entertainment: John Leguizamo Calls Out Casting Of James Franco As Fidel Castro: ‘I Don’t Got A Prob With Franco But He Ain’t Latino!’

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John Leguizamo is taking Hollywood to task for its latest casting choice.

John Leguizamo and James Franco © Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/CP Images, Marion Curtis/StarPix for HBO/Shutterstock John Leguizamo and James Franco

The actor was disappointed by the team behind the upcoming Alina Fernández biopic who cast James Franco in the role of her father, Fidel Castro.

He took to Instagram to explain his disagreement with the casting.

"How is this still going on? How is Hollywood excluding us but stealing our narratives as well?" he began the post.

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He shared a screenshot of a Deadline article reporting the casting.

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"Alina of Cuba: La Hija Rebelde" (which translates to, "Alina of Cuba: The Rebel Daughter") is being directed by Miguel Bardem with a script from Oscar-nominated screenwriter José Rivera and Pulitzer winner Nilo Cruz.

"No more appropriation Hollywood and streamers! Boycott! This F’d up!" continued Leguizamo. "Plus seriously difficult story to tell without aggrandizement which would b wrong! I don’t got a prob with Franco but he ain’t Latino!"

Franco is of Portuguese and Swedish descent on his father's side, and Russian Jewish descent on his mother's side.

Ana Villafañe will play Fernández in the film, with Mía Maestro cast in the role of Natalia "Naty" Revuelta, her mother whom Castro had an affair with.

Deadline reports the film "follows the true-life story of Cuban exile turned social advocate, Fernández, whose birth was the result of the tryst between Revuelta and Castro".

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Filming is set to begin on Aug. 15.

This isn't the first time Leguizamo has been outspoken on the issue of white actors dominating casts of films. In September, he spoke out against the all-white cast of the "Super Mario Bros." movie.

“But too bad they went all white! No Latinx in the leads! Groundbreaking color-blind casting in original!” he wrote at the time.

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