New Photos: Coen Brother's Burn After Reading
by Kevin Powers
April 29, 2008
The Coen Brother's hotly anticipated Burn After Reading (tentatively titled) is getting a lot of love this week. First we learn (via Yahoo) that the film, with its heavyweight cast of John Malkovich, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton and Frances McDormand, will headline the Venice Film Festival on August 27th. And today we get some new photos of these characters in what looks to be a dark comedy the likes of which only the Coen's could pull off. Ready to start the hype for this year's Coen Brothers hit?
While just early eye-candy, the photos set the tone for the upcoming movie pretty clearly. Burn centers on Osbourne Cox (Malkovich), who has hit a bit of rough patch. He was recently fired from the CIA and decides to write his memoirs, naturally documenting government secrets along the way. His wife (Swinton) decides to steal the material to use in their upcoming divorce proceedings, but the CD mistakenly ends up in the hands of two doltish gym employees, Chad (Pitt) and Linda (McDormand). In response to Linda and Chad conspiring to sell the material to help pay for Linda's plastic surgery, the CIA dispatches Harry (Clooney) to sort it all out at whatever the cost.
So do you understand how seeing Malkovich donning house robe and pistol gives you a really clear idea of the comedic depths Burn will be heading? This looks like it's going to be great!
I haven't exactly been following Malkovich as of late, but since seeing him recently in the webisode Bathing With Bierko, I have a newfound respect for the guy. Or is it odd curiosity? Either way, he's definitely piqued my interest and I can't wait to see how he does in Burn After Reading, not to mention the newly awarded Swinton and classic Clooney. Although I hope Clooney's screwball-ness is kept to a minimum considering how well that shtick went over in Leatherheads.
Focus Features is releasing the Coen Brother's Burn After Reading on September 12th this year.