Jonah Hill has recently joined Channing Tatum and George Clooney in the Academy Award winning Coen Brothers’ new film Hail, Caesar! The notable directors’ new comedy’s cast also includes the likes of Ralph Fiennes, who is hot off starring in the critically acclaimed Wes Anderson feature The Grand Budapest Hotel, Tilda Swinton, who recently starred in the dark vampire romance Only Lovers Left Alive, and Josh Brolin, the Oscar nominated actor who previously worked with Joel and Ethan Coen in the Best Picture winning No Country For Old Men, as well as their multiple Oscar nominated remake of the Western classic True Grit. The production staff is also reportedly pursuing Scarlett Johansson to star as well, who also worked with the Coens in their black and white noir drama The Man Who Wasn’t There.
The film is set in Hollywood’s golden era and tells the comedic story of Eddie Mannix, a fixer who worked for the studios in the 1950s. George Clooney will be playing Mannix. The details of Jonah Hill’s role have not yet been released. The film is being produced under the writer/directors’ Mike Zoss Productions banner alongside Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner at Title Films. Jonah Hill and the rest of the cast will interact with Clooney’s Mannix as he desperately tries to keep Hollywood’s biggest stars’ scandals away from the public eye.
Channing Tatum will play one of these stars. Ralph Fiennes will take the role as fictional filmmaker Laurence Lorenz. Tilda Swinton will play the film’s Hollywood’s gossip columnist, Hedda Hopper. Josh Brolin will play Howard Strickling, and the details of his character have not yet surfaced. Observers who are following the film are eagerly waiting for the details of Jonah Hill’s and Scarlett Johansson’s characters.
Hypotheses have already emerged that Hill will play a raucous but controversial comedian ala Fatty Arbuckle, and Johansson will play a gorgeous Hollywood actress who is in demand like Gloria Swanson’s Norman Desmond character in Sunset Blvd. before she became old and forgotten. Filming is expected to take place in the fall, and Universal will distribute the film. No release date has been given, but it is believed to be 2015.
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have already starred together in the surprise hit 21 Jump Street and the successful sequel 22 Jump Street which has grossed $230 million thus far. Hill will next star opposite James Franco in the 2015 thriller True Story. He recently garnered an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the drug addicted, foul-mouthed Wall Street stockbroker in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, and he is slated to star once again with Leonardo Dicaprio in a new Richard Jewell film. Hill also provided his voice for the new DreamWorks animated film How to Train Your Dragon 2. Jonah Hill is represented by William Morris Endeavour (WME), and managed by Rick Yorn and Ian Montone of LBI Entertainment. The Coen brothers most recently wrote and directed the critically acclaimed Inside Llewelyn Davis, which garnered multiple Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations.
By Andres Loubriel