Variety is reporting that Carey Mulligan will follow up Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” which what seems like lead roles in new films from BOTH the Coen Brothers and Spike Jonze (in a Charlie Kaufman screenplay no less):
After a busy fall in theaters, Carey Mulligan looks to keep herself occupied in 2012, landing the female lead in Coen Brothers next pic “Inside Llewyn Davis” and entering negotiations for a lead role in an untitled project for Spike Jonze.
On “Inside Llewyn Davis,” Mulligan will star opposite Oscar Isaac in the Scott Rudin-produced pic that the Coens are writing, directing and producing with Scott Rudin. Story follows a musician who tries to make it in the New York music scene in the 1960s.
For the Spike Jonze project, about world leaders uniting to discuss cataclysmic events, Mulligan would join Joaquin Phoenix with Charlie Kaufman penning the script.
Steve McQueen, Nicolas Winding Refn, Baz Luhrmann and now the Coens, Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman? Mulligan is making remarkably smart choices and will clearly be up to her waist in Oscar nominations by the time she turns 30 (she could have a second by January if all goes well with “Shame”). She’s also avoiding anything resembling selling out which is so refreshing to see (and very Winslet-esque, save maybe “Titanic” and definitely let’s-please-forget “The Holiday”).
Two years ago almost to the day: