According to Deadline, George Clooney has added The Yankee Comandante to his directorial slate. The project, based on David Grann’s New Yorker article The Yankee Comandante, was recently optioned by Focus Features. The story:
The Yankee Comandante tells the true story of an American named William Alexander Morgan who helped Fidel Castro and the Cuban rebels overthrow Fulgencio Batista. Morgan became only the second foreigner to land the highly regarded title of Comandante, and throughout the struggle to overthrow Batista he maintained his anti-communist views and remained convinced that Castro was not a communist. Once Castro gained power and began showing his true socialist colors, Morgan was imprisoned and questioned about possibly working for U.S. intelligence. At the same time, gaining a reputation as a rebel soldier rubbed the notoriously paranoid J. Edgar Hoover the wrong way and Hoover began trying to sort out Morgan’s true motives.
Clooney will produce the film alongside Grant Heslov. Clooney won’t be back on the big screen until Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity in 2013. Clooney will play the lone survivor of a space mission to repair the Hubble telescope desperately tries to return to Earth and reunite with her daughter.