Josh Brolin is to reunite with the Coen bros for their forthcoming period comedy Hail Caesar. The Coens previously cast Brolin in the 2007 Oscar-winning crime thriller No Country for Old Men, and 2010's True Grit, both of which elevated the American actor to a new level of fame.
In the works for nearly ten years, George Clooney-starring Hail Caesar, which was initially intended as the final leg of their "Numbskull Trilogy" with O'Brother Where Art Thou and Intolerable Cruelty, is finally taking shape. Although it's not yet clear who Clooney or Brolin will be playing
It's about a fixer in Hollywood circa 1950s who works for the studios to protect the stars of the day. Entitled Hail Caesar, the comical yarn centers on a man named Eddie Mannix who sounds a lot like the Fred Otash of his day — the famed 1950s private investigator who worked for Confidential magazine and was the muckraker of the time using wiretaps to spy on movie stars and gather dirt.
So, it's a showbiz story, but one with a bit of a different bent. While Inside Llewyn Davis was set in the 1960s folk music scene, Hail Caesar will be an inside look at 1950s Golden Age Hollywood and how those studio executives kept their stars appearing clean to the public. Ethan Coen also revealed in December that:
It's about the movie business and life and religion and faith. Faith and the movie business. It's still George [Clooney].
Brolin and Clooney are the only names that have been announced for the film as yet, but that’s already a good indication of what the Coens have in store. This is already on my list of most-anticipated upcoming releases.
Are you already liking the sound of Hail Caesar?