‘The Offer’: Release Date, Characters, and Plot for Making of ‘The Godfather’ Series

Fans of the iconic 1972 drama The Godfather are anticipating the release of the Paramount+ series The Offer, based on Oscar-winning producer Albert S. Ruddy’s never-before-seen experiences of the making of the unforgettable crime-family film. Above all, the 10-episode series will allow viewers to take a deep dive into the production of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 adaptation of Mario Puzo’s wildly popular novel about an Italian American crime family.

"The Offer" features Giovanni Ribisi as Joe Colombo.
Giovanni Ribisi as “The Offer” mobster Joe Colombo | Nicole Wilder/Paramount+

Who are the main characters in ‘The Offer’ and the actors who portray them?

The stars of The Offer are a who’s who of Hollywood heavyweights and up-and-coming actors who will tackle the key players that brought The Godfather to the screen against all odds.

Top Gun: Maverick actor Miles Teller portrays producer Albert S. Ruddy. Dan Fogler stars as director Francis Ford Coppola, with The Irishman star Patrick Gallo as Mario Puzo.

Subsequently, Matthew Goode plays Paramount Studios chief Robert Evans.

Moreover, Juno Temple will portray Rudy’s secretary Bettye McCartt. Lost in Translation star Giovanni Ribisi plays mobster Joe Colombo, Colin Hanks and Burn Gorman play studio executives.

Supporting characters are former Grey’s Anatomy star Justin Chambers as Marlon Brando and Josh Zuckerman as Peter Bart.

Meredith Garretson embodies actor Ali MacGraw. Nora Arnezender plays Francoise Glazer, and Paul McCrane plays Jack Ballard.

Anthony Skorti is mobster Carlo Gambino, Jake Cannavale is Caesar, and James Madio is Gino.

The Sopranos star Michael Rispoli plays gangster Tommy Lucchese. The Flight Attendant star Stephanie Koeing portrays Andrea Eastman, and The Incredible Hulk star Lou Ferrigno plays Lenny Montana.

Band of Brothers star Frank John Hughes will embody legendary singer Frank Sinatra.

Titanic star Danny Nucci plays Mario Biaggi, while Anthony Ippolito portrays actor Al Pacino.

Rounding out the cast is Oz star Kirk Acevedo as Special Agent Hale, Ross McCall as Moran, Eric Balfour as Dean Tavoularis, The Many Saints of Newark star Michael Gandolfini plays Andy Calhoun, and Zack Schor stars as Fred Gallo.

What is ‘The Offer’ about?

Indiewire reported that The Offer takes a hard look into the long and challenging road to getting the popular book The Godfather made into a feature film.

Subsequently, The Offer will document the methods The Godfather producer Albert S. Ruddy used to get Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 adaptation of Mario Puzo’s novel into the hands of studio heads.

The original Godfather trilogy spans from 1945 to 1955. It chronicles the Corleone family under patriarch Vito Corleone (Brando), focusing on transforming his youngest son, Michael Corleone (Pacino), from a reluctant family outsider to a ruthless mafia boss.

However, the film did not have an easy road to becoming one of the most outstanding motion pictures of all time.

Similarly, Puzo’s novel angered Italian Americans and, most reportedly, the crime families its text was based upon.

Mental Floss reported Joe Colombo, the boss of the Columbo crime family, claimed the film propagated stereotypes about the mafia’s existence.

For instance, Columbo subsequently threatened the film with labor issues, production delays, and obstacles to completion.

The Offer will reportedly document these scenarios.

When does the limited-run series begin?

Giovanni Ribisi as Joe Colombo, Miles Teller as Albert S. Ruddy, Juno Temple as Bettye McCartt, Matthew Goode as Robert Evans, Dan Fogler as Francis Ford Coppola and Patrick Gallo as Mario Puzo in "The Offer."
Giovanni Ribisi as Joe Colombo, Miles Teller as Albert S. Ruddy, Juno Temple as Bettye McCartt, Matthew Goode as Robert Evans, Dan Fogler as Francis Ford Coppola, and Patrick Gallo as Mario Puzo in “The Offer” | Sarah Coulter/Paramount+

The Offer will be available to stream on Paramount+ beginning April 28.

Consequently, each episode will run one hour long.

In addition, Paramount+ will have all three installments of The Godfather available to stream the same day the show premieres.

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