Fire Bay, the first U.S. feature film about the history-changing Bay of Pigs Operation, has added Academy Award nominated actor Robert Forster to play General Dawkins, joining an all-star international cast and crew. Randall Fried (New Line's Heaven is a Playground) is set to direct from his original screenplay.

Production will commence July 16 and will shoot in Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

The film's arena is the Bay of Pigs Operation, as seen through the eyes of its CIA War Planners, the Cuban Exile Brigade who battled overwhelming Castro forces to the end, and the shell-shocked Kennedy White House.

Fire Bay explores the political and emotional relationships that were betrayed and transformed during the days leading up to, and during, the battle. Forster will play the venerable, tough General Dawkins, Supreme Military Commander of the Operation.

Rounding out the international cast and crew is Mexican actor Kuno Becker, star of the internationally successful Goal! franchise. Becker will play Raffi, a university student turned soldier. Joining him is Yancey Arias as Field Surgeon Ortega, who will next be seen in the Geo Santini directed Hotel California, and Emmy Award winning Jordi Vilasuso as the teen combatant Ferrer.

"I am honored and inspired by these world renown film artists whose alchemy and passion is powering Fire Bay," said director Fried. "It has taken a relentless confluence of gifted talent, perfect timing and global I.T. to concretize Fire Bay."

Fire Bay is directed, written and produced by Randall Fried.

B. Alan Orange