Carey Mulligan made a strikingly glamorous turn as Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s take on Scott F. Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” For her next film, the naturally blonde actress shuns her picture of glamour to get dressed down as the singing brunette Jean Berkey in “Inside Llewyn Davis.” Written and directed by the Coen brothers, this Grand Prix Award winner of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival is a potential Oscar contender that is clearly geared toward the festival circuit before it finally hits the theaters for its December 2013 release.
Mulligan as Jean Berkey
Mulligan sports black, mostly unkempt hair with bangs, along with natural makeup accompanying her dressed down wardrobe in this motion-picture drama. Although this is not the first time she dyed her hair dark for a movie, she looks relatively different and not instantly recognizable in the film, especially when compared to her recent and more prominent projects including “The Great Gatsby,” “Shame,” “Drive,” and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”
The British actress is part of an ensemble cast that includes Justin Timberlake playing the role of her husband and Oscar Isaac playing the titular role. The husband-and-wife screen tandem of Timberlake and Mulligan features them as folk musicians. The trailer reveals their chemistry as they sing together against the film’s period background. Garrett Hedlund and John Goodman also join the star-studded cast.
The story follows a week in the life of the young, struggling folk singer and songwriter Llewyn Davis as he navigates Greenwich Village’s folk music scene during the early 1960s.
This star-studded piece is loosely based on incidents in the life of the late Dave Van Ronk, inclusive of his posthumously published memoir “The Mayor of MacDougal Street.” It pays reverence to American folk music, particularly the Greenwich Village music scene. Helmers Ethan and Joel Coen also based the “Inside Llewyn Davis” album cover from the cover of the “Inside Dave Van Ronk” album.
Set in 1961 New York, the narrative explores the game-changing world of the era’s folk music, as seen in the eyes of a musician trying to make it amidst the seemingly insurmountable obstacles surrounding him.
Timberlake, Isaac, and Carey’s real-life husband Marcus Mumford, the frontman of the English folk rock band Mumford and Sons, played a big part in recording music for the film’s T-Bone Burnett-produced soundtrack. Many of the tracks available are covers of old folk songs.