Two years after Joel Coen showed the world what he was capable of as a solo filmmaker with “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” his brother Ethan Coen is preparing to make a similar plunge. Ethan has been flying solo behind the camera for “Drive-Away Dolls,” his upcoming road comedy he co-wrote with his wife, Tricia Cooke. The film, which dropped its first trailer today, seems to fit perfectly into the crime-gone-wrong comedic niche that made the Coens household names.
According to the film’s official synopsis, ‘Drive-Away Dolls’ follows Jamie, an uninhibited free spirit lamenting yet another breakup with a girl, and his demure friend Marian who is in desperate need of relaxation. Looking for a fresh start, the two take an impromptu trip to Tallahassee, but things quickly go awry when they encounter a group of inept criminals along the way.
“Drive-Away Dolls” stars Margaret Qualley, Geraldine Viswanathan, Pedro Pascal, Matt Damon, Beanie Feldstein, Colman Domingo and Annie Gonzalez.
Though he directed the 2022 rock documentary ‘Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind’, ‘Drive-Away Dolls’ marks Ethan Coen’s first narrative feature film since he took an indefinite hiatus from making films with his brother Joel. While promoting “Trouble in Mind,” Ethan Coen explained that the split was the result of burnout after the difficult filming process of “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”
“Nothing happened, certainly nothing dramatic,” Coen said. “You start when you’re a kid and you want to make a movie. Everything is excitement and excitement, let’s go make a movie. And the first movie is just really funny. And then the second film is very funny, almost as much as the first. And after 30 years, not that it’s not fun, but it’s more work than it used to be.
In the same 2022 interview, Ethan Coen refused to rule out the possibility of re-teaming with Joel on another project in the future.
“Going our separate ways seems to suggest it could be permanent,” he said. “But none of those things definitely happened. None of the decisions are final. We could make another film.
Focus Features will release “Drive-Away Dolls” in theaters on Friday, September 22. Check out the new trailer below.