With the pedigree that Joel and Ethan Coen have established in the last 25 years, the lead roles in their pictures are very much coveted. Some of the most iconic characters in recent memory have been from Coen films, from The Dude to Anton Chigurh to the reimagining of Rooster Cogburn. Now, rising star Oscar Isaac (Drive) can count himself among those rare talents, having landed the lead in the next Coen brothers’ picture, Inside Llewyn Davis. The film focuses on the 60s folk music scene in New York’s Greenwich Village, including such icons as Tom Paxton and Dave Van Ronk. Hit the jump for more on the project.
Casting news, via Deadline, rightly calls Isaac a fast rising actor. He’s had notable antagonistic roles in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood and Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch. Isaac was recently seen in the acclaimed film Drive , by Nicolas Refn and is currently filming The Bourne Legacy with star Jeremy Renner and directed by Tony Gilroy. The Coen brothers, who don’t have a domestic distributor lined up for Inside Llewyn Davis, will produce with Scott Rudin. Studio Canal will distribute in France and additional territories. Rudin had formerly worked with the Coens on No Country for Old Men and True Grit. Shooting for Inside Llewyn Davis plans to start in New York early next year.