Partnering with the Coen brothers for the fourth time, George Clooney is one of the many high-profile actors starring in the movie within the movie that is Universal’s soon-to-be-released dramedy, Hail, Caesar!
Taking place during the twilight years of Hollywood’s fabled Golden Age, Hail, Caesar! follows a talented studio fixer known as Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), a man who spends his days racing around the four corners of Tinsel Town putting out fires and generally tending to the needs of Hollywood’s A-listers that ensures their escapades don’t make the front pages. But when Clooney’s bumbling actor – who portrays a Roman general in the titular film – is kidnapped, Brolin is left scrambling for a means of rescuing the wayward star that doesn’t involve forking out $100,000 for ransom.
With a meta set-up and a starry ensemble in tow, Hail, Caesar! is fast becoming a must-see for fans of the Coens’ particular brand of humor, and there’s ample potential for the award-winning pairing to poke fun at the fame and excess of a 1930s Hollywood.
Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, Clooney will portray add an epilogue to his self-proclaimed American Idiot trilogy – O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Intolerable Cruelty and Burn After Reading – alongside a star-studded ensemble that boasts Brolin, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum.
Hail, Caesar! will scream lights, camera, abduction! when it open in theaters on February 5, 2016.