Coen Brothers Already Finshed Casting A Serious Man
by Alex Billington
August 19, 2008
The Coen Brothers are definitely on a roll recently. Not that they were ever at a point where they weren't making great movies in their 24 year career, but coming off of No Country for Old Men, they're some of the most well-respected directors around and their next film already looks fantastic. Joel and Ethan also never take a break. The two have already finished casting their next feature film after Burn After Reading, a period black comedy called A Serious Man. They've cast both Michael Stuhlbarg (seen above left), a Tony-nominated stage actor with little cinematic acting experience, and Richard Kind (seen above right), a character actor whose name you won't necessarily recognize, but his face and voice you will.
Not only are these guys fantastic directors, but they write and produce all of their own movies as well. A Serious Man is another original creation written by Joel and Ethan, which as we all know is quite rare in Hollywood these days. Set in 1967, the story centers on Larry Gopnik (Stuhlbarg), a Midwestern professor whose life begins to unravel when his wife sets out to leave him and his socially inept brother (Kind) won't move out of the house. The leading actress hasn't been announced yet, but shooting is already slated to start next month in Minneapolis. We can expect the female lead to most likely be a smaller actor as well, considering Stuhlbarg and Kind have never really had major leading roles like this before.
Richard Kind is easily one of my favorite character actors, appearing in everything from Stargate to "Scrubs" to For Your Consideration to "Spin City" as Paul Lassiter. I think we all know that Brad Pitt and John Malkovich in Burn After Reading are exquisite additions and I'm anxious to see how Stuhlbarg and Kind will hold up in a Coen Brothers' comedy as well. And if you're a Coen Brothers fan already worrying about that they're planning to do after A Serious Man, the Brothers are already set to adapt Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policemen's Union. After rocking the Oscars earlier this year, they're making two strong comedies before moving back to drama. Anyone else already excited for this, too?