‘The Great’ star, Elle Fanning, has jumped onboard the A-list cast list for Barry Levinson’s making of the godfather feature ‘Francis and the Godfather’.
Fanning will portray actor Ali MacGraw, who was married to Robert Evans, Paramount’s head of production.
The previously cast Elisabeth Moss will take on the role of Eleanor Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola’s wife. Oscar Isaac who will play director Francis Ford Coppola while Gyllenhaal will play producer Robert Evans.
“Elle is one of the most exciting and versatile actresses out there,” Levinson said in a statement. “I am beyond thrilled that she has joined the terrific cast of ‘Francis & The Godfather’ and will bring her unique talent to the film.”
The film will follow the legendary and wild battles that went into making the 1972 classic ‘The Godfather’. Coppola was 31 at the time, determined to convince Evans and the studio to allow him to film expensively in New York, set in the time period of a novel that would become a big bestseller. It will also cover the issue of hiring Marlon Brando in the titular role for the film after not having worked for years and the resistance faced from the actual real-life mafia men too.
Barry Levinson will direct, from a script by Andrew Farotte which was redeveloped by Levinson. Mike Marcus, Doug Mankoff, Kevin Turen, Jon Levin, Jason Sosnoff and Andrew Spaulding are producing.
Other favourite characters due to be cast in the feature will be Robert Duvall, James Caan, Talia Shire and Diane Keaton, various major Paramount execs and Mario Puzo himself.