Oscar Isaac and Jake Gyllenhaal have been announced as to star in Francis And The Godfather, a project which is set to focusing on the making of The Godfather.
Isaac, it’s been revealed, will play Francis Ford Coppola, the iconic figure who directed the 1972 classic film. Gyllenhaal, meanwhile, will star opposite and has been cast as producer Robert Evans. Barry Levinson, who directed the likes of Rain Man and Good Morning, Vietnam, will helm the film.
Francis and the Godfather will follow Coppola’s struggle at the age of 31 to convince studios to make the film and the difficulties he faced trying to get the project off the ground. It will also see how Coppola managed to change the setting of the film to New York despite the original script by Mario Puzo being set in Kansas City.
Another subject that the film is set to map is the decision to cast Marlon Brando, a decision which was viewed as a high-risk move at the time and was met with hostility despite was regarded as something of a risk during that period. There were also a number of discussions with real-life mobs regarding the film’s depiction of such communities and how they could project them on screen authentically.
Coppola has given his approval for the film, saying to Deadline: “Any movie that Barry Levinson makes about anything, will be interesting and worthwhile!”.
Mike Markus, who will produce the film, added: “Here was a young man who lived outside the system and every step of the way the system was telling him, ‘You can’t do that.’ But Francis never gave up on his vision and the result speaks for itself.”