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The Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis Adds Jeanine Serralles, F. Murray Abraham Circling

The career of F. Murray Abraham has always somewhat puzzled me. An Oscar winner for his absolutely brilliant work in Milos Forman's Amadeus, Abraham's career over the last 27 years has largely consisted of small roles and mediocre films that fail to compare to titles early in his filmmography, like All The President's Men and Serpico. But do you know who could turn that around in a heartbeat? The Coen brothers.

Variety has learned that Joel and Ethan Coen are circling F. Murray Abraham for a role in the upcoming Inside Llewyn Davis. Loosely based on the life and times of '60s folk singer Dave Van Ronk, the film is already set to star Oscar Isaac as the titular talented musician trying to make it big in New York. The cast also includes Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, and John Goodman. The new report also says that Jeanine Serralles, best known for her stage work, has also signed on for an unspecified role in the film. Should he sign on, this will be the second time that Abraham has worked with Ethan Coen, as the actor starred in Almost an Evening, the younger Coen's off-Broadway play.

Just the fact that the Coen brothers are directing a new film is enough to be excited about, but the truth is that they're also establishing one hell of a cast. The multiple-Oscar-winning duo has been on a roll in recent years, three of their last four movies being nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and it will be great to see if they can keep those statistics up.

Eric Eisenberg
Assistant Managing Editor

NJ native who calls LA home and lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran who is endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.