The cast for Francis Ford Coppola’s upcoming film Megalopolis continues to grow with one of its latest additions being Transformers and Indiana Jones star Shia LaBeouf. The upcoming project by the legendary director already teeming with A-listers including likes of Adam Driver, Forest Whittaker, Nathalie Emmanuel, Laurence Fishburne, Jon Voight amongst others will also see Tail Shire, Coppola’s sister who starred in the Godfather films, Jason Schwartzman (The French Dispatch), Grace VanderWaal (Star Girl), Kathryn Hunter (The Tragedy of Macbeth) and James Remar (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) join the cast together with LaBeouf.
The upcoming indie film was written in the 1980’s by the famed Godfather and Apocalypse Now director and he is said to be financing the $100 million budget film all by himself. Very little is known about the plot so far, but the film’s official website reads; “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.”
News of LaBeouf’s casting comes after the actor was seemingly blacklisted from Hollywood following allegations of abuse by former girlfriend FKA Twigs. In January 2021, FKA Twigs filed a lawsuit against LaBeouf accusing him of “relentless abuse” including choking her and throwing her against a car on Valentine’s Day 2019. She also accused the actor of knowingly infecting her with a sexually transmitted disease.
Karolyn Pho, another ex-girlfriend of LaBeouf also claimed to have suffered abuse while in a relationship with the actor. She described an incident in 2012 at a New York City hotel where she claims the actor “held her down by her arms causing intense pain and leaving multiple bruises.”
Following reports of the allegations, the actor’s name was removed from best supporting actor consideration for his performance in the Netflix film Pieces of Her, choosing to focus on Vanessa Kirby and Ellen Burstyn instead. His name was ultimately removed from the streaming service’ site entirely. Despite being cast in a highly sought-after role in Olivia Wilde’s psychological thriller Don’t Worry Darling, the actor departed from the production siting scheduling conflicts. It was reported later on that the actor was actually fired by Wilde due to inappropriate and erratic behavior. LaBeouf denied the claim saying he left the film because he felt actors weren’t given enough time to rehearse providing emails and photos to backup his claim.
While on Jon Bernthal’s podcast “Real Ones”, LaBeouf addressed the abuse allegations against him saying “I hurt that woman. And in the process of doing that, I hurt many other people, and many other people before that woman. I was a pleasure seeking, selfish, self-centered, dishonest, inconsiderate, fearful human being.” He also discussed taking accountability for his actions and being in a better headspace and ready to work again.