Elisabeth Moss, the American actor and producer who recently starred in The Invisible Man, joined the cast of Barry Levinson’s upcoming directorial, Francis And The Godfather, along with actor Oscar Isaac, reported Deadline.
Francis And The Godfather explores the making of 1972 cult film The Godfather.
The classic American crime film The Godfather is the first instalment in The Godfather trilogy, which was directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Coppola co-wrote the screenplay with Mario Puzo, based on the latter’s 1969 bestselling novel of the same name. The film starred Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, and Diane Keaton. It was produced under Rober Evans’ Paramount Pictures.
The film, based in the 1950s, revolves around an organised crime dynasty and the Corleone family, which is under the patriarch Vito Corleone who is better known as Don Corleone (Marlon Brando). He transfers the control of his “clandestine empire” to his reluctant son Michael Corleone (Pacino), who turns into a ruthless mafia don.
While Isaac will be playing the role of Coppola, Moss will be playing his wife, Eleanor Coppola. Jake Gyllenhaal will be playing the role of Robert Evans.
According to another report by the Deadline, Francis And The Godfather focuses on the conflict between the filmmaker and a studio chief, who desperately needed a hit during the making of The Godfather. During the making of the classic trilogy, Coppola was a 31-year-old who was fixed at convincing Evans and his studio to allow him to shoot in New York city. The original script penned by Puzo was based in contemporary Kansas City.
Another point of the clash was casting Brando as Don Corleone as he had been delivering mostly box office failures then. Brando, however, went on to win several awards in a career spanning over 60 years, including two Emmy Awards.
Levinson will also produce Francis And The Godfather, which is based on Andrew Farotte’s Black List screenplay that has been re-developed with the former.
Echo Lake Entertainment’s Mike Marcus, Doug Mankoff and Andrew Spaulding are producing Francis And The Godfather with Kevin Turen, Jon Levin and Baltimore Pictures’ Jason Sosnoff. The worldwide rights of the film are being handled by Endeavor Content along with FilmNation.