Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton are in negotiations to join George Clooney and Josh Brolin in Joel and Ethan Coen’s new period comedy “Hail, Caesar!” for Universal Pictures and Working Title.
The story follows Eddie Mannix, a fixer who worked for the Hollywood studios in the 1950s. Various colorful characters harkening back to Hollywood’s golden age populate the script including a Gene Kelly-type star (Tatum), a powerful gossip columnist (Swinton) and a studio director (Fiennes). The Coens, Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan are producing.
Speaking of the Coens, actor John Turturro is reportedly attempting to launch a “The Big Lebowski” spin-off featuring his character Jesus. The project, which could also serve as a directorial effort, would film sometime next year and requires clearance from rights holders including the Coens – “If I can get the permission I need, I’d like to return to that role”.