Carey Mulligan To Star (And Sing?) In Coen Brothers and Spike Jonze Films

The actress has signed on to the Coens' "Inside Llewyn Davis" and Jonze's as-yet-untitled project, both of which begin shooting in 2012

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Apparently, playing the enchanting Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming The Great Gatsby adaptation has only increased Carey Mulligan’s own allure. The actress has captured the imagination of both the Coen brothers and Spike Jonze, who have signed her to movies that will begin filming in 2012.
The Jonze project is still untitled, but it revolves around world leaders convening to discuss some sort of international catastrophe; Charlie Kaufman penned the script, and Joaquin Phoenix is already on board. The Coens recently revealed that their True Grit follow-up will be called Inside Llewyn Davis. It will follow a 1960s folk singer—modeled loosely on Greenwich Village folk idol Dave Van Ronk—as he tries to navigate the New York music scene.
Mulligan will star in the film alongside Oscar Isaac, who recently played her luckless husband in Drive. There’s no word yet on what her role will be like, but we’re hoping that she gets to sing: she’s already proven that she has the lungs for it, with her impressive rendition of “New York, New York” in Steve McQueen’s Shame (which screened at TIFF in September). She also made a delightfully sweet vocal cameo on Belle and Sebastian’s 2010 single “Write About Love.” Between the acting and the singing and the bang-on style sense, we’re coming to the conclusion that Daisy actually has nothing on Carey. -Allison Friedman