Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Scarlett Johansson set to join Hail Caesar!

After filming all of her Avengers: Age Of Ultron work in one big block to avoid the production having to shoot around her pregnancy, Scarlett Johansson has found a way to incorporate it in to a future role. Or rather, the Coen brothers have, with Variety reporting that the Captain America: Winter Soldier star is currently in talks to play an actress who discovers she's with child just as she's about to start her new film in their latest, Hail Caesar!.

The film, which already boasts Coen veterans George Clooney (Burn After Reading) and Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men), with Tilda Swinton (We Need To Talk About Kevin), Channing Tatum (White House Down) and Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel) in negotiations, chronicles the behind the scenes wrangling of Eddie Mannix, a fixer in the employ of major Hollywood studios who works to protect the reputations of their stars in the 1950s. It's a comedy apparently based on the work of real life private eye Fred Otash, a lifeguard turned cop who was fired from the force and turned to a life of wiretapping and investigation for the big film companies of the time.

According to Variety, Jonah Hill is also now in talks, though his role is being kept quiet. Fiennes will be a director under contract to one of the studios, while Tatum is a Gene Kelly-esque star. Swinton, meanwhile, will be on the other side of the studio gates, hunting for juicy stories as a gossip columnist, presumably along the Louella Parsons or Hedda Hopper lines.

Joel and Ethan are gearing up to make the film later this year, while Johansson will next be seen in Luc Besson's (LĂ©on) action thriller Lucy, due out in the UK on 22 August, followed by the Avengers sequel, which hits on 24 April 2015.

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