After the critical acclaimed, but decidedly gloomy folk singing drama Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coen Brothers’ next film will be a return to a more comedic turn. Total Film Magazine tells us that the film, titled Hail Caesar is being touted as the third in their ‘Numbskull Trilogy,’ the first two being Intolerable Cruelty and O Brother, Where Art Thou? George Clooney, having starred in both of those films, as well as Burn After Reading, is set to reunite with Joel and Ethan for the fourth time in this latest effort. He will headline what is a massive all-star cast, rivaling the likes of The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The story itself is set to involve aspects of a true story, with real life Ray Donovan Eddie Mannix, who gets Hollywood’s big names out of sticky situations. Mannix is best remembered in history as being closely involved with the supposed suicide of George Reeves, who played Superman in the old television series, and will be played by Josh Brolin. Clooney will play actor Baird Whitlock, star of a movie which is being filmed about Caesar, and this will of course be a movie production that is filled with a host of ridiculous characters with all kinds of problems. The rest of the cast is filled out by the likes of (brace yourselves) Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Frances McDormand and Christopher Lambert. They will play a collection of real life and fictional characters, but exact details are not all clear.
Based on previous Coen comedies, we can only imagine what this enormous cast means for the plot. It will likely be completely insane, manic, complicated and most likely darkly hilarious. The script must be something special though to draw such an A-List so let’s just hope it hits our screens soon.
Hail, Caesar should be around sometime in 2016!