First announced as a potential project for the sibling pair nearly a decade ago, Ethan and Joel Coen are, according to Deadline, moving forward with their script, Hail Caesar, which has been in the works for nearly a decade. George Clooney has, for years, been loosely attached to play the lead and, while there’s no official confirmation of his involvement as of yet, that appears to remain the plan.
The outlet reports that the plot for Hail Caesar follows a man named Eddie Mannix in his job as a Hollywood fixer in the 1950s. That’s somewhat different than the news reported in 2005, which suggested that Hail Caesar would focus on a group of theater actors in the 1920s as they put together a play about ancient Rome. It’s a good possibility that the Roman-themed play will now appear in the story as a Hollywood production.
Clooney previously dubbed Hail Caesar the conclusion of his “idiot trilogy,” with the Coens, following 2000’s O Brother, Where Art Thou? and 2003’s Intolerable Cruelty. Of course, since then he starred in their Burn After Reading, so the “trilogy” bit may now be a misnomer.
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