An upcoming film about Hemingway and his Cuban fishing captain, Gregorio Fuentes, will be needing another co-star — The Pilar. The original Pilar, a 38-foot Wheeler Playmate is housed in the Museo Hemingway Finca Vigía in Havana, Cuba.
Andy Garcia (actor, writer, and director) along with healthcare mogul Mike Fernandez restored a Wheeler Playmate that they found in upstate New York. Garcia wrote the screenplay for the film. He will also direct and portray Fuentes, along with Jon Voight as Hemingway.
This replica cost over $1 million and three years to restore.
The original price that Hemingway paid, with modifications, came to the grand total of $7,495.