You may not know this, but Hail, Caesar! is very likely to be the best Coen Brothers movie ever. That’s simply because it’ll be the only Coen Brothers film to have Dolph Lundgren in it. How did it take this long?
And who will Lundgren play? The film already has George Clooney as a lead and a bunch of other actors as almost-leads and non-leads (Josh Brolin, Jonah Hill, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, and Channing Tatum for starters). How could there be any room for a Lundgren-lead?
Well, it turns out Dolph was asked about this in an interview with Creative Screenwriting, and his answer fills us in on how he feels about being in a Coen Brothers film and what kind of role he will play:
It was a bit of a shocker. They called me out of nowhere a few months ago. It’s a movie set in the 1950s called Hail, Caesar! and it’s about the studio system. Basically, one of the characters is going to defect to the Soviet Union because he loves communism because they have great uniforms [Laughs]. That’s Channing Tatum’s character in the movie, and they wanted someone to play a submarine commander. I guess they wanted someone kind of iconic where the audience sees the person and says, “Holy shit!” [Laughs]. So I’m wearing a Russian fur hat and I’m on this huge submarine in Malibu. It was fun to work with them. They were very nice guys, and of course I’m a huge fan of theirs and I never expected to be in any Coen brothers movies, but I guess I am!
So there you go - juice on not just Lundgren’s role but Channing Tatum’s as well.
Like Dolph said, Hail, Caesar! is going to be some kind of maybe musical comedy set in 1950s Hollywood. It opens February 5 and will, I’m sure, be extremely great.