Elle Fanning to star in Barry Levinson's film about making of The Godfather
Titled Francis and The Godfather, the movie will also feature Oscar Isaac, Jake Gyllenhaal and Elisabeth Moss
Actor Elle Fanning has been roped in for director Barry Levinson's film about the making of Francis Ford Coppola's crime drama, The Godfather.
Titled Francis and The Godfather, the film will also feature Oscar Isaac, Jake Gyllenhaal and Elisabeth Moss. It is based on a script by Andrew Farotte that was redeveloped with Levinson.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Isaac and Gyllenhaal will play The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola and former Paramount studio head Robert Evans, respectively.
While Moss will portray Coppola's wife Eleanor Coppola, Fanning has been roped in to play the role of actor Ali MacGraw in the film.
Francis and The Godfather will chronicle the battles between Coppola and Evans, which included taking a gamble on casting Marlon Brando, who had not had a hit in years, and a then-little-known Al Pacino. At the time, MacGraw was married to Evans.
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather (1972) was based on author Mario Puzo's bestselling novel of the same name. The first movie, starring Marlon Brando in the titular role, spawned a film series with two sequels, which were released in 1974 and 1990.
The Godfather chronicles the life of the Corleone family under patriarch Vito Corleone (Brando), focusing on the transformation of one of his sons, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), from a doe-eyed family outsider to a ruthless mafia boss.
Regarding as one of the all-time best films and a box office success, The Godfather won Oscars for best picture, best actor for Brando, and best-adapted screenplay for Puzo and Coppola at the 1973 Academy Awards.