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CBS Films Nabs Coen Brothers’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

"Inside Llewyn Davis" stars Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan

CBS  Films  has  acquired  U.S.  rights for  "Inside Llewyn Davis," the Coen Brothers' look at the Greenwich Village folk scene in the 1960s.

The film stars scar Oscar Isaac ("Drive"),  Carey Mulligan ("An Education"), John Goodman ("The Big Lebowski") and Justin Timberlake (of music and more frequently fashion and movies fame). The film is written and directed by Joel and  Ethan Coen  and produced by Scott  Rudin and the Coens.

CBS Films is planning a theatrical release in the second half of 2013.

From the bluegrass that underscored "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" to the gospel songs that permeate their remake of "The Ladykillers," music has played a crucial role in many of the Coen Brothers films. Rarely has it been so front and center, however.  

According to a profile in the New York Times last month, the film will focus on a few weeks in the life of a folk singer as he tries to break through. It will also feature full-length performances of folk hits from the time and may even have an appearance by a young Bob Dylan, who was just hitting it big at the time.

Also expect lots of hat tips to folk music clubs like Cafe Wha?, The Gaslight Cafe and The Bitter End, as well as the Beat Movement and the other cultural groups that were transforming that tiny sliver of Manhattan during the 1960s.

T -Bone Burnett produced the music for the film, which will also feature performances from Marcus  Mumford  and Timberlake.  

Studio  Canal  is  handling  international  distribution  for  the  film  as  well  as  foreign  sales.    UTA negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers.