William Alexander Morgan, the great Yankee comandante was the one who had helped to overthrow the dictator Fulgencio Batista, bringing Fidel Castro to power.
The Ides of March George Clooney is the one who will once again helm a political movie The Yankee Comandante, a Focus Features drama based on a David Grann’s New Yorker article.
Morgan became only the second foreigner to land the highly regarded title of Comandante, other than Argentinian icon Che Guevara and throughout the struggle to overthrow Batista he maintained his anti-communist views and remained convinced that Castro was not a communist.
His motives for being in Cuba were subject to suspicion, was later imprisoned (1960) and charged with working for U.S. intelligence. Morgan was confined to La Cabana prison in Havana, where he eventually was tried and sentenced to death; William Morgan was brutally executed on March 12th, 1961, one month before U.S.-backed counterrevolutionaries invaded Cuba at the Bay of Pigs.
The Yankee Comandante project will probably not be Clooney’s next directorial effort as he is working on an adaptation of the WWII Nazi art heist book The Monuments Men, an intrigue-filled tale of art theft and espionage in Europe during World War Two.
Clooney will be producing The Yankee Comandante along with his Smokehouse partner Grant Heslov (Argo).