Dustin Hoffman Joins Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Megalopolis’

Francis Ford Coppola has rounded out the cast for his magnum opus and decades-long passion project of a next film, “Megalopolis,” adding Dustin Hoffman to join a cast that features Adam Driver, Forest Whitaker and Nathalie Emmanuel as the three leads.

Newly joining the cast alongside Hoffman are current “SNL” cast member Chloe Fineman, Isabelle Kusman of “Licorice Pizza,” D.B. Sweeney and newcomer Bailey Ives. They join the previously announced Talia Shire, Shia LaBeouf, Jason Schwartzmann, Grace Vanderwaal, Kathryn Hunter, James Remar, Jon Voight, Aubrey Plaza and Laurence Fishburne.

While specific details for “Megalopolis” are being kept under wraps, the official logline reads: “The fate of Rome haunts a modern world unable to solve its own social problems in this epic story of political ambition, genius, and DANGEROUS love.”

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The “Godfather” filmmaker is writing, directing and self-producing the film from a budget clocking in at just under $100 million, much of which he has put up himself in a battle to get the film made for the last two decades. Production will begin this fall in Georgia.

Hoffman appeared this year in Mayim Bialik’s directorial debut “As They Made Us.” The “Graduate” and “Tootsie” actor will also be seen in “Sam & Kate” later this fall alongside Sissy Spacek.

Deadline first reported the news of the new casting.

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