Francis Ford Coppola has announced his all-star cast for his film, Megalopolis, a film that is over two decades in the making. Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne, Adam Driver, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Jon Voight are all cast to appear in Coppola’s dream project.
Coppola has written the script and will direct the feature film which takes place in a utopian version of New York City. In his own words to GQ journalist Zach Baron, Coppola explained the movie’s plot as:
It’s a love story. A woman is divided between loyalties to two men. But not only two men. Each man comes with a philosophical principle. One is her father who raised her, who taught her Latin on his lap and is devoted to a much more classical view of society, the Marcus Aurelius kind of view. The other one, who is the lover, is the enemy of the father but is dedicated to a much more progressive ‘Let’s leap into the future, let’s leap over all of this garbage that has contaminated humanity for 10,000 years. Let’s find what we really are, which are an enlightened, friendly, joyous species.
This project reunites Fishburne will Coppola who he actually began his career at 14 years old in the movie Apocalypse Now. Legend has it he was of legal age when the film got released.
Production on Megalopolis is slated to begin later this fall, which means that we’ll be hearing even more casting updates throughout the summer months to follow. It should be noted that Whitaker and Voight were previously reported to be circling the film prior to this casting announcement.
The Godfather director has sold a piece of his Francis Ford Coppola Winery to fund his dream project. The budget is set at just under $100 million. Coppola became a sought-after director after the 1972 release of The Godfather. He has won five Oscars for his work on The Godfather, The Godfather II and Patton and has also won numerous other awards including a British Film Academy Award for Apocalypse Now and six Golden Globe Awards for American Graffiti, Apocalypse Now and The Godfather.