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‘Francis Ford Coppola don’t give a damn’: Internet Divided as Godfather Director Casts Controversial Actor Shia LaBeouf in New Movie ‘Megalopolis’ While He Faces Sexual Assault Charges

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From being surrounded with news of being fired from the upcoming Olivia Wilde film, Don’t Worry Darling, to being cast in one of the big-budget films, Shia LaBeouf has made several headlines. Francis Ford Cappola, the director of The Godfather and The Godfather II, has announced the cast for his upcoming big-budget film, Megapolis.

Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf

The film stars Cappola’s sister Talia Cappola, his nephew Jason Shwartzman, Shia LaBeouf, Grace VanderWaal, Kathryn Hunter, and James Remar. 

Read More: ‘Harder for women to get second chance at directing’: Olivia Wilde Unshaken by Florence Pugh Controversy in ‘Don’t Worry Darling’. Says She Triumphed Where Others Failed

FKA Twigs Filed a Lawsuit Against Shia LaBeouf

Ever since Shia LaBeouf’s ex-girlfriend, FKA Twigs, filed a lawsuit against the actor in December 2020, this will be the first high-budget film he would be working on.

Shia LaBeouf has been busy with his upcoming Italian German biographical film, Padre Pio, which is directed by Abel Ferrara and stars Shia Lebouf as Padre Pio

FKA Twigs accused Shia LaBeouf of abuse
FKA Twigs

After being in a relationship for less than a year, Shia LaBeouf’s girlfriend accused him of sexual battery, assault, and infliction of emotional distress.

According to The New York Times, she accused Shia LaBeouf of strangling her, afflicting her with an STD, and other instances of physical and mental abuse. 

The actor has denied the accusations in an email to The Times saying, “many of these allegations are not true.”

Shia Labeouf’s Run-ins with the Law

This would not be the first time the actor would face such legal issues. He has been accused of battery and petty theft charges, for which a judge placed him in a judicial diversion program to avoid jail time. 

Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf

Earlier in 2015,‌ a video surfaced on the internet in which, the actor is saying, “This is the kind of shit that makes a person abusive,” and later saying, “If I’d have stayed there, I would’ve killed her.”

While appearing on an episode of the podcast Real Ones, Shia LaBeouf said, “I f****d up bad. Like crash and burn type shit. Hurt a lot of people, and I’m fully aware of that,” 

Read More: “She’s a fake feminist”: Olivia Wilde Gets Slammed Online After Video of Begging Shia LaBeouf To Join Don’t Worry Darling Goes Viral Days After Her “No A**holes Policy”

Olivia Wilde Claims Shia LaBeouf was fired from Don’t Worry Darling

After Olivia Wilde claimed that she fired Shia LaBeouf from her film Don’t Worry Darling, the actor did not hesitate to deny the claims. He revealed his emails and texts with the actor-turned-director denying that he was not fired, but he left the film due to scheduling problems.

He also erased a video of Wilde, where she seems to be asking him to work out things between him and Florence Pugh so they can start the filming.

Olivia Wilde in a tug of war between placating Florence Pugh and Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf and Florence Pugh

Olivia Wilde claims that she fired Shia LaBeouf because Pugh was uncomfortable around him due to the abusive charges against him and that she wasn’t matching energy with him.

However, Shia LaBeouf denied all the claims and said he was not fired, and he quit the film because his co-actors were unable to gather for a rehearsal.

People Reacting to Shia LaBeouf Getting a Big-Budget Film

Netizens do not seem happy with the news of Shia LaBeouf being cast by a director like Cappola even after facing such charges against him.

They started asking questions like, Why is he still getting films and are asking to uncast him? They took Twitter to express their thoughts. 

One user said, “No one wants that.”

Some even called out the director for supporting questionable and problematic people. One user said, “What’s with Cappola’s supporting questionable/problematic people.”

Many users also said that they would not watch any Shia LaBeouf films. 

Francis Ford Cappola Working on Megapolis Independently

Megapolis is a high-budget film, costing around $100 million, and Cappola is financing the whole film independently. 

During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he said, “People can be very unaccepting, but sometimes the other idea represents what’s coming in the future. That is worthy of being considered.”

Megapolis also stars Adam Driver, Nathalie Emmanuel, Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne, Jon Voight, and Aubrey Plaza. The film follows an architect who is trying to rebuild New York City after it a larger disaster.

Megapolis Poster
Megapolis Poster

The development of the film dates back to the 1980s. The film kept on delaying the film until 2001. but after the 9/11 attack, the film was pushed back. 

After 40 years of initiating the project, the director is still dedicated to making the film, which seems to be happening now. Francis Ford Cappola is directing and writing the film himself. 

Since the film is still under production, no information regarding the release of the film is provided for now.

Source: Twitter

Written by Laxmi Rajput

Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.