Josh Brolin is on quite a roll. He recently joined Emily Blunt in director Denis Villeneuve’s (Prisoners) promising next film Sicario and just signed on to play the Big Bad Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy (and, by extension, the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe), and now he’s lining up a reunion with the Coen brothers. Universal Pictures announced today (via The Wrap) that they will distribute the next film from writers/directors Joel and Ethan Coen, Hail, Caesar!, and in the announcement the studio revealed that Brolin will be starring in the film alongside previously announced George Clooney. Hit the jump for more on the Coen brothers’ next film.
Though the press release concerning Brolin’s casting doesn’t reveal any plot information for Hail, Caesar!, we recently learned that the story revolves around a fixer in 1950s Hollywood who works for the studios to protect the stars of the day. Clooney has been attached to the pic for a while so one imagines he’ll play the fixer, but there’s no word on what kind of character Brolin might be playing. Regardless, it marks a welcome reunion between the actor and his No Country for Old Men directors.
The Coens famously didn’t want to audition Brolin for the 2007 drama, and only hired him after the actor filmed an audition tape on his own volition and sent it to the duo. Subsequently, the film went on to win four Oscars—including Best Picture and Best Director—and marked a career resurgence for Brolin. He worked with the Coens a second time in the 2010 Western True Grit (with admittedly brief screentime), and Hail, Caesar! will see the actor heading into 1950s territory with the duo. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what kind of story the filmmakers have cooked up with this latest pic, and having Clooney and Brolin in the leads is a swell start.