Being chosen as the star of a new Coen brothers movie is kind of an honor. When you become a Coen headliner you join the ranks of huge names like Nic Cage, Jeff Bridges, George Clooney, and Tom Hanks. Just look what it did for the careers of guys like William H. Macy after he starred in Fargo or Josh Brolin after he starred in No Country for Old Men. One good performance in the lead of a Coen brothers movie can be your ticket to the top. So it had to be very exciting news for Oscar Isaac when he found out that he scored the lead role in the brothers’ next movie Inside Llewyn Davis. Or not — maybe he’s a cold, cold man.

Isaac isn’t an incredibly well known actor as of yet, but he’s had a good amount of work. Most recently he’s appeared in things like Sucker Punch and Drive, and soon he will be showing up in a high profile role in The Bourne Legacy. So far I don’t know what to think about him from the little I’ve seen. I thought he did a fine job in Drive, but he seemed to me to be far too hammy in Sucker Punch. Just the act of being cast as a Coen lead gives me faith that this guy has the chops to become something big though. I have total faith in those two weirdos, and acting under their assured directing hands should bring out the best in Isaac, whatever that is.

The film we’ve discussed a bit before. It’s loosely based on the life of folk singer Dave Van Ronk and it explores the Greenwich Village art scene of the 1960s. Van Ronk was considered something of a father figure to the other folk musicians that came up in the 60s, including names like Bob Dylan and Tom Paxton, so you can imagine that a hoard of character actors is about to get cast alongside Isaac to play fictionalized versions of other singer archetypes. I don’t know all that much about this scene and its history, so I can’t wait to see what the Coens have in store and who else they choose to bring it to life. They’ve always got a knack for finding interesting faces. [Deadline Chajul]


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