First Exclusive Look from Coppola’s ‘Megalopolis’ Revealed, Showing Adam Driver and Nathalie Emmanuel!

'Vanity Fair' Reveals First Exclusive Look from Coppola's 'Megalopolis'!

Francis Ford Coppola is a brand name and undoubtedly one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. And while he has provided us with a series of classic movies over his long career, he has been inactive for many years until he recently blessed us with Megalopolis, a movie that is just as ambitious as it sounds but may remain as one of the year’s biggest mysteries. We have already reported on the early reactions and struggles that the movie is facing going forward, and we are glad to confirm that Vanity Fair has blessed us with an exclusive first-look image from the movie, which shows the film’s two main actors, Adam Driver, and Nathalie Emmanuel.

If you’re not fully acquainted with it, Megalopolis is an interesting story altogether, as the movie was conceived way back in 1979, while Coppola was filming Apocalypse Now, one of the greatest war movies ever made. Now, 45 years later, the movie is finally complete and we are hopeful that it will be picked up by a studio soon and receive an official release date.

The plot of Megalopolis is set in New York City after a great disaster and follows a young woman named Julia Cicero, played by Nathalie Emmanuel, who is divided between loyalty to her father and corrupt mayor, Frank, played by Giancarlo Esposito, who has a more classical view on society, and her idealist architect lover, Caesar, played by Adam Driver, who wants to rebuild New York and has significantly more progressive views. The first-look image reveals Driver and Emmanuel, as well as a small part of the film’s production design. Here is the full image:

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Adam Driver and Nathalie Emmanuel in the first official image from Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis. COURTESY OF AMERICAN ZOETROPE / MEGALOPOLIS / MIHAI MALAIMARE.

Aside from the three actors mentioned above, the movie will feature a star-filled cast that includes Jon Voight, Laurence Fishburne, Aubrey Plaza, Shia LaBeouf, Jason Schwartzman, Grace VanderWaal, Kathryn Hunter, Talia Shire, Dustin Hoffman and D. B. Sweeney. Their roles are unspecified as of the time of writing. Mihai Mălaimare Jr. is handling the cinematography, while the music was composed by Osvaldo Golijov.

As we have reported earlier, the movie has a reported runtime of 2 hours and 13 minutes (without the credits), and Coppola has recently held a screening for the studios, hoping to pitch it to one of them. Sadly, the major studios were more confused than amazed, although the impartial viewers – who did not view the movie from a financial prism – were satisfied with the overall product, as you can read in our earlier reports.

The movie definitely faces an uphill battle, as Coppola has invested a lot of money into the project and wants to earn money as well; the major studios are unsure how they will be able to “sell” such a movie to a wider audience, while Coppola is avoiding smaller studios (like A24) for the time being due to financial reasons. We don’t know how all of this is going to play out, but we hope that we get a release date soon, as the movie definitely seems to be promising. In light of that, be sure to keep following us for all the latest updates!

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