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Carey Mulligan Joins Next Films From Coen Brothers and Spike Jonze

Written by on October 20, 2011 

If you want to talk about a one-two punch of casting, Variety is reporting that Carey Mulligan will not only play the female lead in the Coen brothersInside Llewyn Davis, but is also joining the latest collaboration between Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman. Yeah.

Somewhat inconveniently, anything truly substantial regarding her involvement in Joel and Ethan Coen‘s film isn’t being revealed right now. We do know, however, that she’ll star alongside her Drive co-star, Oscar Isaac, who was cast in the titular role just last week. The movie chronicles his “struggles as a folk musician during the genre’s 1960s heyday in New York City.” Mulligan may or may not sing in the film; she apparently has a few great numbers in Shame, so the capability is at least present. Being forced to guess more about her role, I’d posit that it’s something of a love interest to Davis — but that’s just an assumption. We should know more by the time it commences production in February.

Meanwhile, the Jonze film, written by Kaufman, is a political parody that centers on “world leaders who converge to understand all the important events that affect the planet, from the price of oil to war.” Looking at the duo’s past writing and directing collaborations, Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, one has some idea of what to expect — and that’s a very, very good thing. Joaquin Phoenix is also starring, but, because Mulligan seems to have a proclivity for starring in tight-lipped projects (kidding), we don’t know much about their respective characters. With financing coming from Megan Ellison, shooting will begin this spring.

I was kind of late to “the Carey Mulligan team,” but her performance in Drive, what I’ve heard about Shame, and this latest announcement has me thinking that she’s the real deal. At the very least, I’ll be seeing plenty of her in the next year or so.

Does Mulligan seem like a good choice for either film? Which are you anticipating more?

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