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Joel and Ethan Coen Will ‘Hail Caesar’ In Next Film

Written by on May 16, 2014 


Confirming what was indicated by the men themselves in January, Joel and Ethan Coen are looking to direct Hail Caesar as their next venture — as confirmed by Deadline, who provide first plot details. They’d played it a bit close to the chest when directly asked about such information, only deeming it “about the movie business and life and religion and faith,” but it seems, early into things, that even the outside sources were far off the mark. While originally reported to follow an actor who attempts staging a swords-and-sandals epic, it instead concerns “a fixer in Hollywood circa 1950s who works for the studios to protect the stars of the day.” (Burning salacious pictures, paying off bruised starlets, intimidating people with dirt, etc.)

Based on real-life figures in the same line of work, Hail Caesar tells the story of one such fixer, Eddie Mannix; while we’d long assumed his involvement in a project that, it turns out, would have shaped up quite differently, there still exists the strong possibility that George Clooney is taking up that role. (What’s not specified is if he’s directly based on another Eddie Mannix, who was best-known for both working as Vice President of MGM and maybe, possibly murdering George Reeves. Perhaps it’s a Dave Van Ronk / Llewyn Davis scenario we’re seeing once again?) Regardless of where things head on the casting front — or any front, for that matter — a Coen-helmed story of Old Hollywood’s underbelly is not something any of us are going to protest against any time soon.

Is it encouraging to see the Coens go toward Hail Caesar? Any first impressions from this initial plot description?

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