The fall is quickly approaching, which means it’s nearly festival time and one of the most high-profile premieres is a new collaboration between George Clooney and the Coens. Suburbicon, directed by Clooney and scripted by his Hail, Caesar! directors, is a darkly comedic 50s-set film that stars Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Noah Jupe, and Oscar Isaac. Along with the aforementioned cast, Josh Brolin also shot scenes for the film, but it has now been revealed he didn’t make the final cut.
“We shot a couple of scenes with Josh [playing] a baseball coach that are really really funny,” Clooney told EW. “But after we did our first screening, the one thing that became really clear to me was that [the scenes] let the air out of the balloon, in terms of the tension in the film. I had to write him this awful note where I just said, ‘You’re not going to believe it. but these scenes really don’t work any more.’ He felt bad, and he thought maybe something went wrong, and I said, ‘I’m sending you the scenes, so you can see, they’re actually the two funniest scenes in the movie.’ I remember sitting there with the editor going, ‘F——-ck! I can’t believe this!’”
So, perhaps we’ll see them on the Blu-ray release. In the meantime, check out a new U.K. trailer below for the film set to stop by TIFF and Venice ahead of a fall release.
Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns…the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. This is a tale of very flawed people making very bad choices. This is Suburbicon.
Suburbicon opens on October 27.