George Clooney to Direct The Yankee Comandante

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George Clooney has set his sights on adapting David Grann’s recent New Yorker article, The Yankee Comandante into a feature film. Deadline has the news, saying that Clooney will produce the film with his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov at Focus Features.

The article, published just days ago, tells the true story William Alexander Morgan, an American who, in 1959, joined Cuban rebels and helped to overthrow then-President Fulgencio Batista, paving the way for Fidel Castro to become the nation’s Prime Minister. Two years after the revolution, however, Morgan was suspected of being a traitor and a U.S. spy and was sentenced to death by firing squad.

Late last year, Clooney starred in The Descendants and both directed and starred in The Ides of March. He can be seen on the big screen next year in Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity.

You can read the full original New Yorker piece by Grann by clicking here.