Technically this is a red-band trailer, but it's pretty safe for work by our count. It does acknowledge sex, and the word "dick" is used. So discretion is half-heartedly advised.

Few filmmakers have captured America, for better or worse, in comedy or drama, as lusciously and captivatingly as The Coen Bros. Joel and Ethan Cohen have explored the American experience with fables (A Serious Man), with whimsy (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), with sadness (No Country For Old Men), with frank admiration (True Grit), and with stoner humor (The Big Lebowski). And for their next act they'll be delving into the game-changing folk music scene of the 1960s with a star-studded drama called Inside Llewyn Davis.

Set in New York City, the film centers on the titular folk singer/songwriter played by Oscar Isaac, who not long ago nabbed memorable roles in two polarizing features, Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive and Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch. Beyond scoring the lead in this Coen Bros drama, Isaac had here the opportunity to work with admired performers like Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Adam Driver, F. Murray Abraham, as well as Garret Hedlund. Yet little has been leaked about this venture shot on location in New York in the tail end of 2012's winter season.

The trailer above gives us some insight into Inside Llewyn Davis, and some justification for our intense anticipation. Along with a bittersweet tone of a musician struggling to make sense of himself, his work, and life in general, we get a peak of Isaac, Mulligan, Timberlake and Goodman in action. And that cut to the title has us all the more eager to see (and hear) what Inside Llewyn Davis has in store.

Inside Llewyn Davis Poster

Inside Llewyn Davis makes its world premiere on May 16th at the Cannes Film Festival. It will open theatrically in the US in the thick of awards season on December 6th.

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