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Cruz gets a movie deal

NiloandalinaNilo Cruz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Anna in the Tropics, grew up in Miami after leaving Cuba on a Freedom Flight in 1970.  Now, he'll help to tell the cinematic story of another prominent Cuban exile:  Alina Fernandez Revuelta, the daughter of Fidel Castro.

Cruz, the first Latino to win the Pulitzer for drama, will coauthor the screenplay for Castro's Daughter with Bobby Moresco, who is also producing and directing the film.  Moresco produced the 2004 movie Crash and shared the screenwriting Oscar with Paul Haggis; he also coproduced Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby.

Fernandez, who hosts the radio talk show Simplemente Alina on Miami's WQBA (1140 AM), fled Cuba for Spain in 1993 disguised as a Spanish tourist, later settling in Miami.  Castro's Daughter is budgeted at $20 million and is expected to begin production in 2009.

(Photo of Fernandez and Cruz)