Joel and Ethan Coen have found a home for their upcoming film on the Greenwich Village folk scene in the 1960s. It was announced Tuesday that CBS Films has acquired American distribution rights for "Inside Llewyn Davis," the first feature from the Coen Brothers since their hit remake of "True Grit" in 2010.
Inspired by the memoirs of folk singer Dave Van Ronk, who was nicknamed "the Mayor of MacDougal Street" and gave advice and a couch to sleep on to many aspiring singer-songwriters (including a young Bob Dylan), "Inside Llewyn Davis" follows the adventures of a young man who comes to New York in search of fame and respect, and has more than his share of trouble with both. The film stars Oscar Isaac in the title role, who was previously seen in "Drive," "The Bourne Legacy,"
and "Won't Back Down." Co-starring with Isaac are Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan as folk singing duo Jim & Jean, who suffer some turbulence when Jean has an affair with Llewyn.
Also appearing in the film are John Goodman, F. Murray Abraham, Adam Driver, and Ethan Phillips. T-Bone Burnett, who coordinated the remarkably successful musical score for the Coen's "O Brother, Where Art Thou," produced the film's soundtrack and served as executive producer; Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons will appear on the soundtrack.
While CBS Films are conformed to be distributing "Inside Llewyn Davis"
in the United States (and Studio Canal has European rights to the picture), no release date has been confirmed.