January 24, 2013

The Coen Brothers haven’t directed a movie since 2010′s True Grit, which is basically an eternity considering their movie-a-year pace that saw that, No Country for Old MenBurn After Reading and A Serious Man come out between 2007 and 2010. Today, they dropped the trailer for Inside Llewyn Davis, their upcoming 2013 release about the 1960′s folk scene that’s loosely based on the life of singer Dave Van Ronk.

If you’re not familiar with his life—I’m certainly not—you might be able to associate a lot of the references with Bob Dylan, who swiftly usurped Dave Van Ronk as the leader of said scene. Aside from the scruffy folkie fashion, there’s mention of The Gaslight (the club where plenty of nascent folk luminaries plied their trade), the backdrop of ’60s New York, the presence of a two-man one-woman group that seems based on Peter, Paul and Mary, the title of Davis’s album (Inside Llewyn Davis) mirroring Van Ronk’s by the same name, and of course, the Dylan soundtrack. Aside from that, it looks as deliciously quirky and offbeat as any of the Coens’s other films, though not overwhelmingly so. Oscar Isaac stars as Davis, with Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Garret Hedlund, and John Goodman in supporting roles.

You can watch the trailer at the movie’s Vimeo page.

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