Sources have confirmed that Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire are teaming up to produce the buzzy spy spec THE HAVANA AFFAIR from first-time feature screenwriter Wayne Lemon. DiCaprio is producing through his Appian Way, while Maguire is producing through his Material Pictures with his SVP of production, Matthew Plouffe.
The dramatic thriller is inspired by the actual events of the CIA’s failed Operation Mongoose in 1960s Cuba. The covert operation was developed during the first year of the Kennedy administration in an effort to remove Castro’s Communist regime from power. Tonally, it has been described as being in the vein of James Bond meets Argo.
Lemon, while new to the feature world, is perhaps best known for his controversial, darkly comedic play Jesus Hates Me. In addition to Havana, Lemon is currently adapting Stephen Kurkjian’s Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off The World’s Greatest Art Heist for Sony, with Matt Tolmach producing.
DiCaprio is currently earning plenty of Oscar buzz for his role in The Revenant, also produced by Appian. He has several high profile productions on his slate, including Devil in the White City, Akira, and The Ballad of Richard Jewel. Maguire, who was last seen on screen in the 2014 Bobby Fischer story Pawn Sacrifice, has been shifting his focus to producing at of late, with over a dozen projects in development. He’s a producer on the upcoming sci-fi thriller The 5th Wave, set to be released in January.
No word yet on whether either A-lister has any plans to take a starring role in The Havana Affair.
Josh Lyons | Associate Editor