Shia LaBeouf joins Francis Ford Coppola’s “Megalopolis.”

The cast of Francis Ford Coppola’s upcoming $100 million epic “Megalopolis” is taking shape — and it includes Shia LaBeouf.

Reports surfaced earlier this month that the controversial actor had been cast in the lead role in Coppola’s passion play. Now, with production set to begin this fall, LaBeouf’s casting has been confirmed.

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Also set to join the film – which already boasts an all-star cast including Adam Driver, Forest Whitaker, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jon Voight and Laurence Fishburne – is Talia Shire, Coppola’s sister who starred in his films “Godfather”. “The French Dispatch” actor Jason Schwartzman (Shire’s son). Grace VanderWaal (“Star Girl”); Katherine Hunter (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”); and James Remar (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”).

Coppola wrote the screenplay for the film in the 1980s, and the legendary director of “The Godfathers” and “Apocalypse Now” is financing the dream project himself. The plot has remained largely under wraps, with the story taking place in an alternate reality version of New York called ‘New Rome’, but the film’s official logline teases new details: ‘The fate of Rome haunts a modern world that can’t solve your own social problems in this epic tale of political ambition, genius and conflicted love.”

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Giant Freaking Robot first reported news of LaBeouf’s casting, which comes after the star was blacklisted by Hollywood after musician FKA Twigs, his former romantic partner, filed a lawsuit against him in 2020 for sexual assault, assault and infliction of emotional distress. The lawsuit alleged multiple incidents of physical abuse during the couple’s one-year relationship in 2018 and 2019, with the musician claiming LaBeouf at one point nearly choked her to death. The lawsuit has not yet been heard.

After the allegations erupted, LaBeouf, who has a history of legal issues and arrests, apologized, eventually left CAA management and reportedly sought hospital treatment. Although the “Transformers” and “Indiana Jones” actor hasn’t appeared in a Hollywood film since, he is set to appear in Abel Ferrara’s “Padre Pio,” which opens in the Venice Days section of the Venice Film Festival later this summer .

He spoke about the abuse allegations for the first time on Jon Bernthal’s “Real Ones” podcast, saying “I hurt this woman,” without naming Twigs. “And in the process of doing that, I hurt a lot of other people and a lot of other people before this woman. I was a pleasure-seeking, selfish, self-centered, dishonest, uncaring, fearful person,” he said.

He also discussed “taking responsibility” for his actions and being in a better position now and ready to work again.

LaBeouf recently denied director Olivia Wilde’s claim that he was fired from “Don’t Worry Darling.” “I left your film because your actors and I couldn’t find time to rehearse,” he said in an email to Variety and claimed to have sent to Wilde.

Coppola is repped by Hirsch, Wallerstein, Hayum, Matlof + Fishman and 42West. LaBeouf is repped by John Crosby Management and attorney Matt Saver. Schwartzman is repped by UTA, Ocean Avenue and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern. VanderWaal is repped by LBI Entertainment, WME, Ziffren Brittenham and Narrative. and Remar is represented by Oppenheimer.

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