Garrett Hedlund Joins Coens' Folk Music Movie 'Inside Llewyn Davis'
Though the Tron Legacy star has been cast as the lead role in Warner Bros. live-action adaptation of the anime Akira, production has been pushed back again which allows Garrett Hedlund to take on another, perhaps more inspiring project. Variety has word that Hedlund has landed a role in the Coen Brothers' folk music centric film Inside Llewyn Davis. While it's not clear what character Hedlund will play, his singing chops that were on display in Country Strong likely make him a strong candidate to play one of the many singers amongst the 1960's Greenwich Village folk music scene that will be at the heart of the film.
Apparently Akira was originally keeping Hedlund from taking a role in Joel and Ethan Coen's film, but now his schedule is clear. Hedlund joins an array of fantastic talent including Oscar Isaac as the titular character along with Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake and Coen regular John Goodman. There's likely plenty more casting to come, and hopefully with as much musical talent as Mulligan (see her singing on display in Shame), Timberlake and Hedlund. Since the project is based on Dave Van Ronk's memoir The Mayor of MacDougal Street, which chronicles the musicians's time as a larger-than-life known for the famous folk-music haunts and mentoring musicians such rising talents as Bob Dylan, I'm hoping to see plenty of famous folk singers portrayed on screen with some big talents making cameos.