Josh Brolin and George Clooney have both been leading men in Joel and Ethan Coen films. Clooney starred for the Coens in Intolerable Cruelty, O Brother Where Art Thou?, and Burn After Reading, while Brolin starred for them in No Country For Old Men and True Grit.
However, the two haven’t appeared together in one of their films, until now. Hail, Caesar! is the Coen Brothers’ upcoming project, and Brolin and Clooney have been cast as the two male leads.
Though the film finally has found its two leads, the premise of the project has changed throughout the years of its production.
Here’s how Deadline describes the Hail, Caesar!:
Itâ€™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 â€” 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. The project is being put together now. Itâ€™s not clear if the Eddie Mannix in the script is based on the man of the same who was a MGM VP, for those of you wondering. The real Mannix was VP and general manager under Louis B. Mayer and Dore Schary. It was Mannixâ€™s wife who actor George Reeves had the affair with. Reeves was later found with a gunshot wound to the head and it was ruled a suicide by the L.A. County coronerâ€™s office but questions have always persisted about the death.
Universal Pictures acquired Hail, Caesar! and will take care of the distribution. The Coens will produce under their Mike Zoss Productions banner alongside Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan for Working Title Films.