Aubrey Plaza joins the cast for Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis

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Francis Ford Coppola’s self-funded epic has added Aubrey Plaza to an already-impressive ensemble of talent.

Aubrey Plaza continues to generate positive critical reviews in a career that has seen her turn in memorable performances across a continued string of indie productions. From 2012’s Safety Not Guaranteed to this month’s well-reviewed Emily The Criminal (yet to receive a release in the UK via Universal), Plaza has featured in a number of quirky movies that are well worth seeking out, with Ingrid Goes West and Black Bear numbering as two of the highlights.

Now though, it has been announced that Plaza will be featuring in one of the largest independent movies of all time as she has joined the cast of Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis. The long-gestating passion project of Coppola had begun to look increasingly like one of those movies that would never actually make it into production until the legendary filmmaker decided to put up most of the film’s $100m budget himself.

Plaza will join an exciting ensemble that features Adam Driver, Game Of Thrones’ Nathalie Emmanuel, Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne and Jon Voight.  That’s a mightily impressive cast and it looks like there’ll be some dramatic material for them to get their teeth into too. The film is based on on the fall of a civilisation, with the film’s logline stating: ‘The fate of Rome haunts a modern world unable to solve its own social problems in this epic story of political ambition, genius, and conflicted love.’

Whilst there have been internet rumours floating around of late, linking Plaza to the role of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, we hope she continues to make these braver and more interesting choices. Whilst she’d no doubt make a good Croft, the more left-field projects she chooses are undeniably richer for her contributions to them. We look forward to hearing more about Megalopolis in due course.


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