Ethan Coen set to direct solo lesbian road trip comedy – Film News | Film-News.co.uk

Ethan Coen is set to direct a lesbian road trip comedy.

The film will star Margaret Qualley and Geraldine Viswanatha, both 27, with the plot centering on a party girl and her “buttoned up” friend.

It comes after it was confirmed that Ethan, 64, would go solo without his longtime partner Joel, 67, who last year directed ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ without his younger brother.

Ethan wrote the road movie script for the as-yet-untitled road trip, believed to have been inspired by American director Russ Meyer, alongside Joel’s wife, Tricia Cooke, in the early 2000s.

A synopsis says, “The story centers on a party girl who takes a trip from Philadelphia to Miami with her buttoned-up friend. Cruising bars ensue, as does the potpourri of a severed head in a hatbox, a bitter ex-girlfriend, a mysterious briefcase and an evil senator.

Production is expected to begin this fall after originally being announced for the summer.

Qualley recently starred in Claire Denis’ Cannes feature ‘Stars at Noon’, while Viswanathan is set to start promoting ‘The Beanie Bubble’.

Joel said last year that he was working without his brother Ethan on ‘Macbeth’: “I spent 40 years watching Ethan after every shot or watching him if there was a problem. And so, I missed it because it wasn’t there.

The Coen brothers’ longtime songwriter Carter Burwell, 67, claimed the brothers could never do another film together again.

He said, “They also have a ton of scripts they wrote together that are on various shelves. I hope they might come back.

“I’ve read a few of them, and they’re excellent. We’re all at an age where we just don’t know… we could all retire. It’s a wonderfully unpredictable business.

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