The Coen Brothers' New Movie Hail Caesar! Looks Very Funny, and Very White

The trailer for Joel and Ethan Coen’s next movie, Hail Caesar!, has finally arrived, and it looks pretty great! Well, if you get past the whole thing about it not appearing to star any people of color.

An official description for the very white film reads:

[Hail, Caesar! is] an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill and Frances McDormand, Hail, Caesar! follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.


That the Coens released a movie that stars exclusively white people should surprise no one, as they’ve been doing it for literally decades, but it’s still a little surprising to see a cast list like this for a movie being released in 2016:

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Can I ask a question that might get me in trouble?

If it is set in Hollywood’s golden age, wouldn’t it make sense that everyone is white?

Being aware of that is fabulous, because it illustrates the racism inherent in the industry at the time, at least surrounding A list actors (and how it has continued up til present day). Wouldn’t casting people of color actually hide the fact that this has historically been a problem, much like casting white people to play people of color highlights that we have a problem with whitewashing?