According to DeadlineEmmy-nominated actor Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, The Mandalorian) has signed on to join an all-star cast in Francis Ford Coppola’s long-in-development passion project Megalopolis. Further details about his character are still being kept under wraps.
His casting comes after the film was plagued by circulating rumors about the state of its production and budget. The acclaimed filmmaker immediately denied the said reports and confirmed that he is still “on schedule and on budget.” However, he admitted that there has been some turnover in the visual effects and art departments.
“I’ve never worked on a movie where I was so happy for the cast,” Coppola said (via Deadline). “I am so happy with the appearance and that we are so on schedule. These reports never say who these sources are. To them I say, ha, ha, just wait and see. Because this is a beautiful film and above all because the cast is so fantastic. I have never enjoyed working with a cast so hardworking and so willing to go in search of the unconventional, to find hidden solutions. It is a thrill to work with these actors and the photography is everything I could hope for. The dailies are fantastic. So if we’re on schedule and I love the actors and the look is great, I don’t know what anyone’s talking about here.”
Megapolis has been Coppola’s passion project since the 1980s. The logline says: “The fate of Rome haunts a modern world unable to solve its own social problems in this epic tale of political ambition, genius and dangerous love.”
The film stars Adam Driver, Forest Whitaker, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jon Voight, Laurence Fishburne, Aubrey Plaza, Talia Shire, Shia LaBeouf, Jason Schwartzman, Grace Vanderwaal, Kathryn Hunter, James Remar, Dustin Hoffman, Isabelle Kusman, DB Sweeney, Chloe Fineman , and newcomer Bailey Ives.
There have been many times in the past where 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.