Leave it to the Coens Brothers to jump right into what is looking like a goofy comedy after the bloodbath that was the gritty “No Country for Old Men”. Ethan and Joel Coen once again writes and directs “Burn After Reading”, a spy comedy starring “Oceans Eleven” buds Brad Pitt and George Clooney, with Tilda Swinton as a cheating housewife, Frances McDormand, and John Malkovich as a gun-toting former CIA drunk thrown in there for good measure.
Here’s a nice rundown of the premise from Wikipedia:
John Malkovich will play Ozzie Cox, a CIA vet who is fired because he is an alcoholic. He takes his revenge by writing some inflammatory memoirs. Cox’s soon-to-be ex-wife Katie (Tilda Swinton) steals the disc containing his memoirs and accidentally leaves it at the gym where it is found by a trainer Chad Feldheimer (Brad Pitt) and the gym’s owner Linda Litzke (Frances McDormand) who believe they can use the info to blackmail Cox.
Harry Pfarrer (George Clooney) is an oversexed, fanatically fit, lactose-intolerant federal marshall, who is sleeping with Cox’s wife. He meets Linda via an online dating service and gets entangled in the blackmail scheme, when he stumbles across Chad breaking into his and Katie’s house.
Tell me that doesn’t sound like fun. No trailer yet, but some pictures. Click on them for more.