The flick is meta from the get-go, focusing on a movie studio making a big-budget spectacle called -- you guessed it -- "Hail Caesar!" The film-within-the-film is led by the biggest movie star in the world, Baird Whitlock, played by -- you guessed it -- the actual biggest movie star in the world, George Clooney.
With Whitlock on board for the epic in size, scope, and budget "Caesar!," the studio stands to make big bank -- that is, until Whitlock is kidnapped by a mysterious group that calls itself The Future, right in the midst of shooting. The studio needs to cover up its star's disappearance to avoid negative press, while also desperately searching for the man, who wakes up dazed and confused -- and still wearing his gladiator costume -- in a stranger's home.
"Hail Caesar!" is a veritable who's who of Hollywood, including Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Frances McDormand, and Tilda Swinton, among many, many others. And based on this trailer, it seems like classic Coen cinema: funny with an edge.
"Hail Caesar!" is due in theaters on February 5, 2016.
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In the early 1950s, Eddie Mannix is busy at work trying to solve all the problems of the actors and filmmakers at Capitol Pictures. His latest assignments involve a disgruntled director, a singing cowboy, a beautiful swimmer and a handsome dancer. As if all this wasn't enough, Mannix faces his biggest challenge when Baird Whitlock gets kidnapped while in costume for the swords-and-sandals epic "Hail, Caesar!" If the studio doesn't pay $100,000, it's the end of the line for the movie star. Read More