According to DeadlineOscar-winning filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola has finally completed the casting process for his long-in-development epic drama Megalopolis. Production is expected to begin shooting this fall in Georgia. Rounding out the all-star cast is Dustin Hoffman (The candidate), Isabelle Kusman (Licorice pizza), DB Sweeney (Garden of Stone), Chloe Fineman (Saturday Night Live), and newcomer Bailey Ives.
They will join Adam Driver, Forest Whitaker, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jon Voight, Laurence Fishburne, Aubrey Plaza, Talia Shire, Shia LaBeouf, Jason Schwartzman, Grace Vanderwaal, Kathryn Hunter and James Remar.
Megapolis has been Coppola’s passion project since the 1980s. Set in present-day America, it supposedly centers around the aftermath of a devastating disaster, where an architect wants to rebuild New York City as a utopia. The 82-year-old filmmaker has confirmed that the story will explore current themes while also featuring Roman epic influences.
“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 focused on America,” Coppola previously explained. “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 role 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 Mayor Dinkins had. This story takes place in a new Rome, a Roman epic set in modern times. The time is not a specific year in modern New York, it is an impression of modern New York, which I call New Rome.”
There have been many times in the past that Coppola tried to start production on the project. However, due to certain irreversible setbacks, including managerial obligations to The Godfather trilogy and the 9/11 attacks, which makes Megalopolis a reality has become a difficult task for the filmmaker. Despite this, his determination has not wavered over the years and he remains convinced that he will finally be able to do his dream project.