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Megalopolis Trailer: Francis Ford Coppola Challenges Driver, LaBeouf & Fishburne In End-Of-The-World Sci-Fi


  • The long-awaited film
    finally gets its first full trailer, showing off its star-studded cast and epic sci-fi setting.
  • Director Francis Ford Coppola took matters into his own hands, financing the film himself after decades in the making.
  • While a US release date is still TBD,
    is set to debut at the Cannes Film Festival, creating buzz among press and audiences.

The first full trailer for Megalopolis has been released. The upcoming film from Francis Ford Coppola has been decades in the making, with the director ultimately financing the sci-fi epic himself and amassing a star-studded cast. While there is still no Megalopolis release date in the US, the movie is about to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, where it will be screened for press for the first time.

Ahead of that premiere, the first Megalopolis trailer shared by Coppola gives the public their best look yet at the new movie. Check it out below:

The upcoming feature from the Apocalypse Now and Godfather director now places Adam Driver (Star Wars, Marriage Story) as an ostensible hero with a unique ability who wants to change society for the better.

What The New Megalopolis Trailer Reveals

Megalopolis is described as a sci-fi epic, which comes through in the new trailer. Driver plays Cesar Catilina, an architect with the power to control time. Known for his idealism, he wants to use his ability to rebuild a New York City-esque metropolis that is in a state of decay and ruin. However, he is opposed by a corrupt Mayor (played by Breaking Bad‘s Giancarlo Esposito) who remains committed to the regressive state of play. Julia, the mayor’s daughter (played by Game of Thrones alum Nathalie Emmanuel) is caught between them. She’s tired of her inherited influence and instead searches for her life’s meaning.

As the city collapses, statues crumble and protests break out, but there are also fancy red carpet events and elaborate entertainment parties that echo ancient Rome.

The latest preview offers a stark snapshot of the premise, as the opening narration raises the question of when, exactly, an empire dies. The query is posed while the sky is ablaze with flaming objects shooting down toward the city. Though the trailer offers a special focus on Cesar, who argues for a better path forward, there is also a focus on Aubrey Plaza. The actor, recently seen in The White Lotus season 2, portrays the well-dressed Wow Platinum, who certainly lives up to the name, appearing to be one of society’s wealthier individuals.


Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis Release Problems & Future Explained

Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis has been in the works for over 40 years, but the movie’s release issues mean it may well fall at the final hurdle.

The trailer for Megalopolis, which also stars Shia LaBeouf, Jon Voight, Jason Schwartzman, Talia Shire, Grace VanderWaal, Laurence Fishburne, Kathryn Hunter, and Dustin Hoffman, focuses on the wealth divide. As the city collapses, statues crumble and protests break out, but there are also fancy red carpet events and elaborate entertainment parties that echo ancient Rome. Although it’s a long-time passion project that took decades to arrive on the big screen, that juxtaposition suggests Megalopolis might still feel quite timely.

Source: Francis Ford Coppola (YouTube)

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