Apart from documentaries, Drive-Away Dolls marks Ethan Coen’s first solo film without his brother Joel as a collaborator.
Over the last couple of years, the Coen Brothers have entered a stage of their careers they’ve seemed content to make films separately from one another following decades of working together on films. Since the duo worked together on 2018’s The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs for Netflix, Joel Coen made 2021’s The Tragedy Of Macbeth which marked his solo outing, whilst Ethan has directed the feature-length documentary, Trouble In Mind about the rock’n’roll star Jerry Lee Lewis.
It’s been confirmed today however, that Ethan’s first solo foray into feature-length narrative drama will release in September. Drive-Away Dolls – shot in the autumn of last year – and will release on the 22nd September courtesy of Focus Features, in the US at least. That suggests Universal will put the film out in the UK.
Here’s a synopsis:
‘The film follows Jamie, an uninhibited free spirit bemoaning yet another breakup with a girlfriend, and her demure friend Marian who desperately needs to loosen up. In search of a fresh start, the two embark on an impromptu road trip to Tallahassee, but things quickly go awry when they cross paths with a group of inept criminals along the way.’
There are some quality names lined up to appear too: Margaret Qualley, Geraldine Viswanathan, Beanie Feldstein, Pedro Pascal, Colman Domingo, Bill Camp and Matt Damon will all feature. We heard back in January that a Coen Brothers reunion is on the cards next, with the duo said to be working on an adaptation of the crime novel, The Zebra-Striped Hearse. All of that will likely fall into place once Ethan finishes up post-production on Drive-Away Dolls so we probably won’t have to wait too long to find out if those stories were accurate. We’ll bring you more on the Coens and Drive-Away Dolls as we hear it.
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