Francis Ford Coppola’s in-production epic, Megalopolis, has added Emmy-nominated actor Giancarlo Esposito to its all-star cast. The 6-time Academy Award-winning director’s long-awaited project is now in production.
Giancarlo Esposito is a well-known actor for playing Gus Fring in AMC’s Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul (Emmy-nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor), Disney+’s The Mandalorian (Emmy-nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor), Amazon Prime’ The Boys, and Netflix’s Kaleidoscope (current).
Deadline reports Esposito’s casting in Megalopolis, but character details are undisclosed. He joins a star-studded cast including Adam Driver, Forest Whitaker, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jon Voight, Aubrey Plaza, Laurence Fishburne, Shia LaBeouf, Talia Shire, Jason Schwartzman, and more.
Coppola’s passion project, Megalopolis, has been in the works since the 1980s. He wrote and directed the film, personally financing it with a budget of under $100 million. Inspired by the second Catiline Conspiracy, the film takes place in NYC post-disaster and follows an architect’s quest to rebuild it as a utopia.
Deadline describes Megalopolis as a “political ambition, genius, and dangerous love” epic. Filming started in Georgia and NY in November 2022 and ended in March 2023. Despite rumors of “chaos” on set, both Coppola and Driver deny them.