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Coen Brothers Cast Fresh Faces for their Next Project
After the success of last year’s folk scene drama Inside Llewyn Davis, many would think the Coen brothers might want to take a break from making movies for a year or two. However, recent reports suggest otherwise as their next project, Hail Cesar, has been picking up steam. The film has already signed on two Coens’ regulars with George Clooney and No Country for Old Men’s Josh Brolin. Last week though, a bunch of fresh faces have signed on for the project: Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum and Ralph Fiennes.
Much has been said about the plot of Hail Cesar as many know it is a script that the Coen Brothers have been toying with for a while, with it supposedly completing the ‘idiot trilogy’ of films with Clooney consisting of O Brother, Where Art Thou, Intolerable Cruelty, and this one.
At first, we were led to believe Hail Cesar was going to be set in the 1920s with George Clooney playing some kind of theatre performer; however, this has all seemed to change as the film, accordingly to Deadline, reportedly revolves around a fixer in 1950s Hollywood who works for the studios to protect the stars of the day. In the studio system it was not uncommon for the big studios to hire private detectives to maintain the squeaky clean image of their stars, since actors back then were often under contract to specific studios as well as being ‘national treasures.’
It is also supposed to feature wire taps and plenty of spying from its lead character (Eddie Mannix) played by Clooney, while Tilda Swinton is going to play a big-wig columnist, Channing Tatum a Gene Kelly type star, and Ralph Fiennes a studio director called Laurence Lorenz. As for Josh Brolin, there has been no news as yet as to who he might portray.
It’s certainly an exciting cast with familiar and new faces. As this is also a comedy, the recent performances of Tatum in 22 Jump Street, and Fiennes in The Grand Budapest (Both Comedies) might have got them the winning ticket to their first Coen Brothers’ project.
Hail Cesar’s plot reaps echoes of the 1994 under-rated Coens’ classic Barton Fink. If it’s anything like that film, with its quick-witted humour and surreal occurrences, we could be in for another winner.
I’m sure in the coming months we will find out more about the plot, and whether these actors will stay with the project, but one thing is for sure: there will be plenty of Coen Brothers talk in the coming years, as recent reports suggest that John Turturro wishes to make a Big Lebowski spin off about the crazy, sex fiend called “the Jesus.”
Who knows if that will ever get off the ground, but we hope so. If your memory doesn’t serve you well, here is “the Jesus” doing what he does best.
Let me know below what you think of the latest casting news for Hail Cesar.