Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis Casts Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito: Report

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Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis has reportedly added Giancarlo Esposito to its ensemble lineup. According to Deadline, the Breaking Bad star has been tapped to play an undisclosed role in a film described as the acclaimed director’s passion project that spanned decades. The actor started the year off on a high note, winning Best Supporting Actor at the Critics Choice Awards earlier this month for his performance in Better Call Saul, and now getting his first chance to work with the filmmaker of The Godfather.

Megalopolis attracted attention in late 2021 when news broke that Coppola wanted to finance his own film, after a decade of silence. The report claims the budget is set at just under $100 million (approximately Rs. 816 crore), with production “on schedule and within budget”. This contradicts a report from The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month, which sources claimed the film had “slid into chaos” and lost its art department. While Coppola isn’t exactly known for his smooth filming processes, he later disputed that report, stating that while there was indeed some attrition in the crew, it wasn’t his pocket” and that the characterization was “inaccurate.”

In Megalopolis, Esposito joins a cast of A-list actors including Adam Driver (Marriage Story), Forest Whitaker (Arrival), Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones), Jon Voight (Heat), Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix), Aubrey Plaza (The White Lotus), Shia LaBeouf (Transformers), Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man) and Jason Schwartzman (The French shipping). While Coppola first wrote the screenplay in the 1980s, it was finally shelved in 2001 after 9/11 made headlines. Plot details about Megalopolis are sparse, but it is described as being set in a post-disaster New York City, which an architect wants to rebuild as a utopia. Meanwhile, Deadline’s report calls it an “epic tale of political ambition, genius and dangerous love.”

“There’s a certain way everyone thinks a movie should be, and it goes against the grain if you have a different idea,” Coppola said last year, referring to Megalopolis, on the 50th anniversary of his detective epic, The godfather. “People can be very hesitant, but sometimes the other idea represents what’s to come in the future. It’s worth considering. LED screen, implemented in big budget projects like The Batman, The Mandalorian and the recently removed 1899. A cheaper and more traditional green screen approach.

Esposito himself has kept busy, recently starring in the Netflix heist series Kaleidoscope and reprising his role as Moff Gideon in the Star Wars universe series The Mandalorian season 3, which airs March 1 on Disney+ Hotstar.

Currently there are no release details for Megalopolis.

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