Coen Brothers Back With Inside Llewyn Davis: Guitars, Cats and F. Murray Abraham

 Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis

Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis.

In last month’s New York Times story on the Coen brothers’ first film since True Grit, Joel Coen said that Inside Llewyn Davis–their movie about a folk singer in the ’60s (Oscar Isaaac, Drive)–shares something with the Broadway-cum-cinematic hit Les Misérables. Sure, there will be singing (No “I Dreamed a Dream,” though, fortunately), a love triangle and even a cretinous villain, but what does New York’s burgeoning folk-rock scene have in common with the French Student Rebellion?

Perhaps the oddest thing about Inside Llewyn Davis isn’t the two Ls in Llewyn, or the fact that Justin Timberlake is playing a banjo in one scene, but that the movie has been picked up for distribution by CBS Films, the company behind both Beastly and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Though as long as there isn’t a Two and a Half Men cameo in the movie, we’re good to go.