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Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, & Ralph Fiennes join The Coens' Hail, Caesar!

06.24.2014
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When it comes to pulling together stellar ensemble casting, Joel and Ethan Coen are at the top of the list of filmmakers capable of astonishing combinations of actors and actresses, many whom you would never expect to do a comedy. After the great group in BURN AFTER READING, the Coens went through a string of dark comedies and dramas and now will return with HAIL, CAESAR starring George Clooney and Josh Brolin.

Added to that cast are three more actors who instantly increase how excited I am for this movie. The Hollywood Reporter, HAIL, CAESAR! will now also include Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, and Channing Tatum in the tale of Eddie Mannix (Clooney), a fixer for Hollywood studios in the 1950s. Tatum will play a movie star along the lines of Gene Kelly, Fiennes would play film director Laurence Lorenz, and Tilda Swinton will take on the part of a Hollywood gossip columnist.

Swinton and Fiennes recently appeared together in Wes Anderson's THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, both turning in excellent performances. Tatum stretched his comedic muscles most recently in 22 JUMP STREET and his well regarded dance moves should serve him well as a Gene Kelly type. All together, I am anticipating something truly memorable out of HAIL, CAESAR! and this casting announcement definitely helps.

HAIL, CAESAR currently has no release date but expect to see it by the end of this year at the earliest.

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Extra Tidbit: Who has the better ensembles: Wes Anderson or The Coens?

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4:14PM on 06/24/2014

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Anderson makes more effective use of the same people over and over again, I would say, but overall the Coens' casts are just more interesting.
Anderson makes more effective use of the same people over and over again, I would say, but overall the Coens' casts are just more interesting.
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3:17PM on 06/24/2014
I'd give the Coens the slight edge on this one since Anderson usually draws from the same core group. Now, the Coens do that from time to time, but every once in a while it looks like they like to refresh their palette, while a Wilson, Schwartzman, or Murray invariably pops up in any new Anderson installment.
I'd give the Coens the slight edge on this one since Anderson usually draws from the same core group. Now, the Coens do that from time to time, but every once in a while it looks like they like to refresh their palette, while a Wilson, Schwartzman, or Murray invariably pops up in any new Anderson installment.
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2:58PM on 06/24/2014
That's one hell of a cast. Would love to see Pitt take on another role in a Coens Brothers film. He was amazing in Burn After Reading.
That's one hell of a cast. Would love to see Pitt take on another role in a Coens Brothers film. He was amazing in Burn After Reading.
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