In the works for nearly ten years, Joel and Ethan Coen's latest flick, 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, as Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes look to be the latest names to join the cast.
The 34-year-old Magic Mike star's character is yet to be named, whereas Swinton's (We Need To Talk About Kevin, Moonrise Kingdom) character will go by the name of Hedda Hopper and Fiennes (Harry Potter, The Grand Budapest Hotel) is playing Laurence Lorenz. The three Hollywood heavyweights will be joining a cast that is already headlined by George Clooney and Josh Brolin.
Although it's not yet clear exactly how Clooney, Brolin, or either of the new leads will fall into the film, we do know that:
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].
We all know Swinton and Fiennes have the chops for serving up a Joel and Ethan special, but I'm finding myself strangely excited at the prospect of the bros directing Tatum in Hail, Caesar!. And yet here we are. After Tatum's 21 Jump Street gig and his work with Steven Soderbergh, I can't wait to see what the Coens do with him...
Are you pleased by the new additions to Coen Brothers' Hail, Caesar?