A new trailer for the Coen Brothers’ upcoming film Hail, Caesar! features a return to Hollywood’s Golden Age of filmmaking. The scene the Coens have chosen to focus on for the duration of this trip features stars Ralph Fiennes and Alden Ehrenreich engaged in a long bout of comedic wordplay. While I’ve found the earlier looks at the comedy incredibly endearing and engaging, this take does just the opposite, stretching a single gag to an irritating length without a clever enough punchline to bring it home. Your mileage may vary.
This new trailer aside, I love the premise of Hail, Caesar! Josh Brolin stars as Eddie Mannix, an old-timey Hollywood “fixer” who has a reputation for keeping actors’ scandals out of the press. But when Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) is kidnapped and held for ransom by a group calling themselves The Future, Mannix is tasked with collecting the $100,000 demand and rescuing the star. It’s a great setup that allows the Coens’ particular brand of humor to play out while poking fun at big studio productions and filmmaking in general, and I’m looking forward to it as one of our most-anticipated films of 2016.
Also starring Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill and Frances McDormand, Hail, Caesar! opens February 5th.
Watch the new trailer for the Coens’ Hail, Caesar! below:
Here’s the official synopsis for Hail, Caesar! followed by a new poster for the upcoming film:
Four-time Oscar®-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Fargo) write and direct Hail, Caesar!, an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum, Hail, Caesar! follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.
The comedy is produced by the Coen brothers under their Mike Zoss Productions banner alongside Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.