Hail, Caesar! is a comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The film stars Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, and Ralph Fiennes. Hail, Caesar! follows Eddie Mannix (Brolin), a fixer working in the Hollywood film industry in the 1950s, trying to discover what happened to a cast member who vanishes during filming. First revealed in 2004, the film was originally set to take place in the 1920s and follow actors performing a play about ancient Rome. The Coens shelved the idea until late 2013, when they stated it was in development. The project was confirmed to be in development in May 2014. Principal photography began in November 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The film was released on February 5, 2016.