Posted by Alia Haddad on October 18, 2011 at 8:00 am
It’s been quite a notable year for Oscar Isaac, the up-and-coming actor who has held a number of supporting roles in projects as varied as Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood and Body of Lies and Steven Soderbergh’s Che. Well, the tides are a-changing in 2011 for Isaac. Yes, he has continued to act in his fair share of supporting roles– he played Blue Jones in the very poorly received Sucker Punch, but counteracting this terrible movie, he also played Standard in this year’s Cannes-Festival-award-winning Drive and also has a role in the anticipated Madonna co-written and directed W.E. out this December– but as Deadline reported, Isaac just landed the highly desirable lead in the new Coen Brothers’ flick, Inside Llewyn Davis.
So, suffice to say, this is big. This is really, really big. I mean, it’s the Coen Brothers, the writing/directing duo behind Oscar favorites Fargo, No Country for Old Men and last year’s remake of True Grit, just to name a few. And this new movie?! Well, the brothers have decided to take a more independent approach to production by not attaching a domestic distributor to the project while filming, allowing the famed duo the freedom to, say, cast a relatively small actor in the lead role of their next big film.
And out of every actor they could have picked, Oscar Isaac was their choice. Supposedly, the movie will focus on Llewyn Davis (Isaac), a character loosely centered on Dave van Ronk, a 1960′s American folk star who paved the way for the likes of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. Sounds fantastic! And if the Coen Brothers’ somewhat musical period film O Brother, Where Art Though? is any indication, Inside Llewyn Davis should be just about as fantastic as it sounds.
And just like that, Banterers, a star has been born.