Elle Fanning has been cast in Francis and The Godfather — the project about the making of The Godfather — playing Ali MacGraw.
She joins a cast that also includes Oscar Isaac as Francis Ford Coppola, Jake Gyllenhaal as producer Robert Evans, and Elisabeth Moss as Eleanor Coppola.
Barry Levinson will direct Francis and The Godfather, which is based on a Black List script by Andrew Farotte that was redeveloped with Levinson.
The feature will chronicle the battles between Coppola, who was 31 at the time, and Evans, which included taking a gamble on casting Marlon Brando, who had not had a hit in years, and a then-little-known Al Pacino. At the time, MacGraw was married to Paramount’s head of production Evans.
Echo Lake Entertainment’s Mike Marcus, Doug Mankoff and Andrew Spaulding are producing along with Kevin Turen, Jon Levin and Baltimore Pictures’ Jason Sosnoff.
Endeavor Content is handling worldwide sales of the project, which does not yet have distribution.
Fanning, repped by UTA, Echo Lake Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson, was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for her role on Hulu’s The Great. She will next star with her sister Dakota in the feature film adaptation of The Nightingale for TriStar and director Mélanie Laurent.
Sony has dated Melanie Laurent’s feature adaptation of Kristin Hannah’s international bestseller The Nightingale for December 25, 2020.
With the Christmas debut of Greta Gerwig’s PG-rated Little Women last year, Sony saw a multitude of women flock to that movie, which grossed more than $203 million worldwide and earned six Oscar noms, winning one for Costume Design.
Real-life sisters Elle and Dakota Fanning will play on-screen sisters in the coming-of-age story, set on the eve of World War II, and their struggle to survive and resist the German occupation of France. The story was inspired by the courageous women of the French Resistance who helped downed Allied airmen escape Nazi-occupied territory and hid Jewish children.
The Nightingale has been published in 45 languages, and went on to sell 3.5 million copies in the U.S. alone and became a No. 1 New York Times Bestseller for a total of 114 weeks on the list.
TriStar EVP Nicole Brown, who leads the division, is overseeing the project with TriStar VP Production Shary Shirazi. Dana Stevens wrote the screenplay for The Nightingale. Elizabeth Cantillon will produce through her production company The Cantillon Company.
The project reteams Laurent with Elle Fanning after the duo worked on the 2018 movie Galveston together.
Christmas Day falls on a Friday this year, and The Nightingale will join such movies as Paramount/Skydance’s The Tomorrow War, 20th Century Studios/Disney’s The Last Duel, Universal’s News of the World, Warner Bros’ untitled Tom & Jerry movie, and DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods 2.