October 20, 2011

Carey Mulligan is set to appear opposite Oscar Isaac in the next film from Joel and Ethan Coen, Variety reports.

The project, Inside Llewyn Davis, is based on the life of musician Dave van Ronk, part of the folk music scene that hit Greenwich Village in the 1960’s. The script is said to be based in part on van Ronk’s memoir, “The Mayor of MacDougal Street.” Mulligan’s role is unknown, but she will play the female lead.

At a talk they did earlier this year at the Lincoln Center’s new Elinor Munroe Film Center, the brothers told moderator Noah Baumbach that they were working on a musical-based film, which they compared to Baumbach’s own film, Margot at the Wedding, and its dialogue and “music [that’s] pretty much all performed live, single instrument.”

Though she has not yet signed, it is also being reported that Mulligan is likely to star opposite Joaquin Phoenix in Spike Jonze’s untitled next, which reunites the director with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman.

Mulligan, who just appeared in Drive, will soon star in Steve McQueen’s Shame and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.

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