The Coens could make a movie about a bunch of rocks and I would probably love it. (“No, don’t you see? The rocks are a metaphor for man’s inhumanity to man!”) But it is nice when great directors are able to build a great cast to work with, and the Coens’ next project, the showbiz drama Hail, Caesar!, is quickly shaping up to be one of their best assemblages of acting talent to date.
They’ve already got George Clooney and Josh Brolin attached to star in the story of a fixer who keeps 1950s Hollywood stars out of trouble. The last round of casting news had them targeting Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, and Ralph Fiennes as well. Yesterday’s update added two more intriguing names to the mix: Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill.
Variety reports that Johansson “will play an actress who suddenly becomes pregnant as her film is about to go into production,” while noting that the role has certain real-world resonance for the actress since she announced her own pregnancy last March. They offer no details on Hill’s role, but one idea that could work nicely would be to have him and Tatum play rowdy police officers who go undercover in a high school. Something tells me there’s a lot of untapped potential in that premise. Hail, Caesar! is expected to begin shooting in the fall. If so, what are the odds on a Cannes première next spring?