The Coen Brothers made a movie about 60s folk music that ended up being my favorite of that year, and I’m a person who can’t even hear Bob Dylan’s name without rolling my eyes, so at this point I’m onboard with anything they want to do, regardless of subject. That said, their next sounds pretty great. According to Deadline, Hail, Caesar! just added Josh Brolin to the cast, opposite George Clooney, and Universal has come on to distribute. J-Broles’ quiet beefcake charm seems like the perfect complement to George Clooney’s polished silver fox gravitas – a guy who looks like he smells like sweat and a guy who looks like he smells like expensive cologne. Oh man, I hope they high five and become best friends.
Here’s the plot rundown:
It’s about a fixer in Hollywood circa 1950s who works for the studios to protect the stars of the day. Entitled Hail Caesar, the comical yarn centers on a man named Eddie Mannix who sounds a lot like the Fred Otash of his day — the famed 1950s private investigator who worked for Confidential magazine and was the muckraker of the time using wiretaps to spy on movie stars and gather dirt. Otash was a former lifeguard who became a cop, lost his job as a cop and became a private eye who wiretapped. [Deadline]
No word yet on whether John Goodman will be in the cast, but I really hope he will, because:
1. John Goodman makes everything better.
2. It wouldn’t be a Coen Brothers movie without a howling fat man.