Oscar Isaac Joins Coen Bros' Folk Music Centric 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

October 13, 2011
Source: Deadline

Oscar Isaac

This year has seen some great strides for Oscar Isaac with turns in Sucker Punch and Drive, not to mention a great turn in Robin Hood last year, and now the actor has snagged what will likely be a huge breakthrough in his career. Deadline reports Isaac has landed the lead role in Inside Llewyn Davis, the new film from Joel and Ethan Coen which is said to focus on the early folk music scene in Greenwich Village in the 60's. As is standard with their films, the Coen brothers also wrote the script which will follow the struggles of the titular fictional musician as he attempts to make a name for himself in the genre's heyday.

Apparently plenty more stars will be lined up soon to play fictional characters loosely based on real folk singers like Dave Van Ronk and Tom Paxton. Likely there's plenty more folk musicians who will be emulated on screen since the Coens' film is said to be partly based on Dave Van Ronk's memoir The Mayor of MacDougal Street which chronicles the author's time as a larger-than-life presence with a blustery personality to match his big frame, who is known for the famous folk-music haunts and mentoring musicians such rising talents as Bob Dylan. Honestly, I was sold with just Joel and Ethan Coen involved.

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Reader Feedback - 3 Comments


Lovin' the sound of this.  Isaac has been one of my favorite character actors, it'll be nice to see if he can give a good lead performance, and I'm guessing he can.   Plus I love folk music. And the C. Bros.

Chazzy on Oct 14, 2011


interesting choice. definitely left field

VVS on Oct 14, 2011


I trhink they should hire some resal folksingers to play folksingers, just as they did in Oh Brother.

Andy Cohen on Oct 14, 2011

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