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Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes & Tilda Swinton Join George Clooney In The Coens' 'Hail Caesar'

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 24, 2014 1:56 PM
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Hail Caesar Cast, Coen Brothers

So maybe let's start this with a hat tip to Channing Tatum and how far he's come. From that guy in the "Step Up" movie, the actor made steady moves to work with directors of note, taking roles in films by Kimberly Peirce ("Stop-Loss"), Michael Mann ("Public Enemies"), Ron Howard ("The Dilemma"), Kevin Macdonald ("The Eagle"), Steven Soderbergh ("Haywire," "Side Effects," "Magic Mike") and Bennett Miller ("Foxcatcher"), and that's not to mention becoming the star of franchises like "G.I. Joe" and "21 Jump Street." And so, don't be surprised that the Coens have tapped the actor for their next film.

Indeed, the Coens have rounded up Tatum, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes to join George Clooney in "Hail Caesar." The story will follow a fixer in the 1950s who works for Hollywood studios to protect their stars, with Tatum to play a Gene Kelly-esque actor, Fiennes a studio director named Laurence Lorenz and Swinton as a powerful gossip columnist (awesome). It will be Tatum and Fiennes' first time in the Coen world, and Swinton's second following "Burn After Reading." THR's report is curiously missing Josh Brolin who was announced a couple weeks ago, so we wonder if he's still in the film or if he's slipped through.

With or without him, this cast is shaping up really nicely and we can't wait to see what comes of it, and who else from the Coens extensive Rolodex they'll call up.

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  • walkabout | June 24, 2014 2:51 PMReply

    I guess Laurence Laurenz stands for Howard Hawks, right? :)

  • Pat | June 24, 2014 2:39 PMReply

    God what a career Ralph Fiennes has. The guy has about a dozen films that can be classified as masterpieces, three iconic screen villains, a strong stage career, a budding career as a director, etc. How he only has two Oscar nominations is beyond me. Sadly, it seems as though people are more readily excited by Channing Tatum.

  • Princess of Peace | June 25, 2014 12:07 PM

    I, for one, am much more excited by Ralph Fiennes and not Channing Tatum. Fiennes is one of the best actors working today and he has now turned into a fine director.

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