9:24 pm EDT, September 30, 2020

Oscar Isaac, Jake Gyllenhaal to star in ‘Francis and the Godfather’

Oscar Isaac and Jake Gyllenhaal are gearing up to share the silver screen for a brand new movie that focuses on the making of The Godfather.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, actors Oscar Isaac and Jake Gyllenhaal have signed on to star in Rain Man director Barry Levinson’s Francis and The Godfather.

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Based off of a script Levinson redeveloped which was originally penned by Andrew Farotte, the forthcoming film focuses on the making of director Francis Ford Coppola’s classic drama, The Godfather.

Though The Godfather is now revered to be one of the best American films of all time, the truth of the matter is that it was an uphill battle for Coppola to make.

Specifically, the director, then 31, found himself butting heads with former Paramount studio head Robert Evans over movie making decisions for the film.

The pair were notoriously at odds over some huge casting decisions— including Coppola’s desire to bring on Marlon Brando for the role of Don Corleone, who by that point hadn’t had a big hit at the box office in years. Additionally, the fought over Coppola’s desire to cast Al Pacino as Michael Corleone, who at the time was relatively unknown.

In Francis and The Godfather, Isaacs will play a young Francis Ford Coppola, while Gyllenhaal will take on the role of the former Paramount Studio exec, Robert Evans.

Coppola has given his blessing to the forthcoming film saying, “Any movie that Barry Levinson makes about anything will be interesting and worthwhile.”

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