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Andy Garcia lines up financing for Hemingway film

Cuban-American actor Andy Garcia has lined up the financing for his film project on legendary writer Ernest Hemingway, who will be played by Anthony Hopkins, the Deadline blog reported Wednesday.

“Hemingway & Fuentes” will also star Annette Bening, who will play the Nobel laureate’s third wife, Mary Walsh.

Garcia, who will direct the film, kept the role of Gregorio Fuentes, Hemingway’s close friend and boat captain, for himself.

“The novelist’s niece Hilary Hemingway and Garcia wrote the screenplay. Shooting is scheduled to start in January 2013,” Deadline said.

The film focuses on Hemingway’s life in the early 1950s in Cuba, where he was inspired to write the classic “The Old Man and the Sea”, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953.

Fuentes, who died in 2002 at the age of 104, was one of the people closest to the author in the last decades of his life.

Garcia’s CineSon production company and Edward Walson’s Sunrider Productions will produce the film.

“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 during an appearance earlier this year at Mexico’s Guadalajara International Film Festival.

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.