George Clooney will again join Joel and Ethan Coen for an upcoming comedy set in the 1950s, entitled Hail, Caesar!. The brothers will write and direct this one. Clooney has worked with the Coens many times over the years, on comedies such as O Brother Where Art Thou? and Burn After Reading.
Also joining the cast is Josh Brolin, best known for his role in the Coens’ crime thriller, No Country for Old Men.
The plot centers on Eddie Mannix, a Hollywood “fixer” responsible for keeping movie stars out of trouble during the big studio era.
This isn’t the first time Mannix has made it to the big screen. He was portrayed by Bob Hoskins in the 2006 drama Hollywoodland, which explored the scandalous circumstances surrounding the death of actor George Reeves, best known for playing Superman in the 1950s TV series. It’s not clear whether the role of Mannix will go to Clooney or Brolin.
The project marks the eighth collaboration between the Coens and Working Title Films. The brothers will again work with dynamic producing partners Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan (Burn After Reading).
The picture is reportedly the final installment in the Coens’ “numbskull trilogy,” which began in 2000 with O Brother Where Art Thou?, followed by Intolerable Cruelty in 2003. Ethan Coen was quoted by The Guardian, saying: “It’s about the movie business and life, and religion and faith.”