Trying to get a handle on just what the Coens are going to deliver with “Hail, Caesar!” has been tricky. Alex Karpovsky has said it’s “wacky and zany,” while the film’s composer and longtime collaborator Carter Burwell was a bit more reserved.
“It’s a musical comedy that takes place on a Hollywood backlot, so you pass through all these pictures that are in production there,” he said in the spring. “I wouldn’t actually call it a ‘musical comedy’….I’m quite certain it’s actually going to be quite the opposite. It’s going to be rather serious, and it’s about faith. It’s not about the music.” So what it’s like? Well, we now have the first trailer.
The star-studded cast includes Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill, who bring the project to life. It finds the directors taking on Hollywood, perhaps a bit more directly than they did with the more surreal “Barton Fink,” in the story that follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.
“Hail, Caesar!” opens on February 5, 2016. Watch below.