‘Megalopolis’ Teaser: Adam Driver Looks To Build A Utopia In Francis Ford Coppola’s Ambitious Sci-Fi Epic

Literally decades in the making, Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis is only a couple of weeks away from its big debut at Cannes. First dreamed up by Coppola in 1979 with development beginning in 1983, the sci-fi film marks the 85-year-old filmmaking legend’s first completed feature since 2011’s experimental film, Twixt, which few people saw. And he’s determined to make this longtime passion project happen, investing $100M of his own money to finance it at great sacrifice.

Oscar-nominee Adam Driver leads a starry cast as Caesar, an idealist architect who dreams of rebuilding a devastated city as a sustainable utopia. But he faces headwinds from unscrupulous mayor Frank Cicero, played by Giancarlo Esposito. Nathalie Emmanuel plays Frank’s socialite daughter, Julia, who is tired of the wealth and privilege she was born with and stands between both men.

Jon Voight, Laurence Fishburne, Aubrey Plaza, Shia LaBeouf, Jason Schwartzman, Grace VanderWaal, Kathryn Hunter, Talia Shire, Dustin Hoffman, and D. B. Sweeney are all part of a terrific ensemble.

“The seeds for Megalopolis were planted when as a kid I saw H.G. Wells’s Things to Come,” Coppola said to Vanity Fair. “This 1930s Korda classic is about building the world of tomorrow, and has always been with me, first as the ‘boy scientist’ I was and later as a filmmaker.”

Megalopolis will make its world premiere at Cannes later this month. Will Coppola’s investment be worth it? We’ll know very soon.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.