“Hail, Caesar!” is shaping up as one of the Coen brothers’s finest ensembles. A few weeks after securing Ralph Fiennes, Channing Tatum, and Tilda Swinton — who are joining already-cast alumni George Clooney and Josh Brolin — the production has, according to Variety, two promising additions.
Following a brief collaboration with the Coens on 2001’s “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” Scarlett Johansson is negotiating toclimb on board “Hail Caesar!” along with Jonah Hill, who would return to orbit with his “Jump Street” co-star Tatum. True to some rumored behind-the-scenes shifts made on “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Johansson — here said to have a small part — would portray “an actress who suddenly becomes pregnant as her film is about to go into production.”
Details on Hill’s potential involvement are sketchy. A story of classic Hollywood that we can only expect will have plenty of the siblings’ bite, “Hail, Caesar!” puts Clooney in the role of Eddie Mannix, a ‘50s Hollywood fixer who keeps stars in line and sweeps aside salacious details of their personal lives in order to preserve their public image. His “Burn after Reading” costar Swinton will take the role of a powerful gossip columnist. Tatum is a Gene Kelly musical performer, and Fiennes will play Laurence Lorenz, a studio director.
With the support of Universal and Working Title, “Hail, Caesar!” will shoot this fall for a likely 2015 debut.