Film & TV
Francis Coppola Eyes Up Star-Studded Cast For ‘Megalopolis’
Francis Coppola is allegedly in talks to cast Oscar Isaac, Forest Whitaker, Cate Blanchett and Jon Voight in Megalopolis.
Other names being sought for the project reportedly include Zendaya Michelle Pfeiffer and Jessica Lange.
According to Deadline, the acclaimed filmmaker will share cost of the film, estimated between $100 million and $120 million.
“The concept of the film is a Roman epic, in the traditional Cecile B. DeMille or Ben-Hur way, but told as a modern counterpart focusing on America,” Coppola said of the film. “It’s based on The Catiline Conspiracy, which comes to us from ancient Rome.”
“This was a famous duel between a patrician Catiline, and that part will be played by Oscar Isaac, and the famous Cicero, who will be Forest Whitaker. He is now the beleaguered mayor of New York, during a financial crisis, close to the one that Mayor Dinkins had.”
“This story takes place in a new Rome, a Roman epic sent modern times,” said Coppola. “The time set is not a specific year in modern New York, it’s an impression of modern New York, which I call New Rome.”
Coppola is renowned for his work on global classics including The Godfather, The Conversation and Apocalypse Now. The 82-year-old is also well known for his highly lucrative vineyard holdings.
Coppola reportedly hopes to make the new feature in the Autumn of 2022.
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