According to Deadline, Juno Temple (Killer Joe, The Other Boleyn Girl) has been tapped to join Miles Teller in Paramount+’s upcoming limited series titled The Offer, centering around the behind-the-scenes story of 1972’s The Godfather. Temple is set to portray the role of Bettye McCartt, who is the assistant to Teller’s producer Al Ruddy but a powerhouse in her own right.
This marks the English actress’ latest streaming project after recently starring in Apple TV+’s Palmer movie and Ted Lasso series. For her performance as Keeley Jones in the latter, she earned positive reviews from critics and is a potential contender for the upcoming Emmy nominations. She also recently starred in the British limited series Little Birds, which made its U.S. debut earlier this month on Starz.
The Offer will be based on the never-before-seen experiences of Oscar and Golden Globe-winning producer Albert S. Ruddy. It will follow Ruddy’s journey in bringing Mario Puzo’s epic crime novel The Godfather to life on the big screen, which was directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a screenplay written by Puzo. Led by Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, the 1972 film had earned three major Oscar awards out of seven nominations, including Best Picture. Due to its success, it spawned two more sequels in 1974 and 1990.
The limited series will be led by Whiplash star Miles Teller as Al Ruddy, Emmy nominee Matthew Goode as Robert Evans, Dan Fogler (Fantastic Beasts films) as Francis Ford Coppola, Giovanni Ribisi (Sneaky Pete) as crime boss Joe Colombo and Colin Hanks (Fargo) as Barry Lapidus.
The Offer is written and executive produced by Nikki Toscano and Michael Tolkin, with Toscano also serving as the showrunner. Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher has also signed on to helm the project. Executive producers are Teller, Ruddy, and Leslie Grief.
Interestingly, a film adaptation about the making of The Godfather titled Francis and The Godfather is also currently in development from Academy Award winner Barry Levinson. It will star Oscar Isaac as Coppola, Jake Gyllenhaal as Robert Evans, and Elisabeth Moss.