Sir Anthony Hopkins exits Andy Garcia's Ernest Hemingway movie
Jon Voight has replaced Sir Anthony Hopkins in Andy Garcia's new Ernest Hemingway biopic.
Garcia announced the casting change while promoting his new film At Middleton earlier this week (beg27Jan14), stating, "Mr. Hopkins is no longer playing Hemingway."
Garcia will play Gregorio Fuentes, the boat captain who inspired the title character in his book The Old Man & The Sea, and he admits Hopkins' decision to quit the project has not dampened his enthusiasm for the film, titled Hemingway & Fuentes.
He tells WENN, "We've restored a 1930s wheeler boat, which is a replica of Hemingway's Pilar. I also hired a boat builder, John Lubbehusen out of St. Augustine Boat Works, to build me a replica based on my research images of a Cuban fishing skiff from the 1940s and 50s.
"He built an extraordinarily beautiful boat but now we have to make it look worse than it is for the movie. It was hand built, hand framed as they would've built it back in the day. It's a working boat, a character in the film. I hope to be shooting this summer in the Dominican Republic."
Garcia will direct the film from a screenplay he has written with Hemingway's niece Hilary.
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