Drive-Away Dolls is a 2024 American comedy road film directed by Ethan Coen. Coen wrote the screenplay and edited the film with his wife Tricia Cooke; they also produced the film with Robert Graf and Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. It stars Margaret Qualley, Geraldine Viswanathan, Beanie Feldstein, Colman Domingo, Pedro Pascal, Bill Camp, and Matt Damon.
Drive-Away Dolls is set to be released in the United States by Focus Features on February 23, 2024.
This comedy caper 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.
- Margaret Qualley as Jamie
- Geraldine Viswanathan as Marian
- Beanie Feldstein as Sukie
- Colman Domingo as Chief
- Pedro Pascal as Santos
- Bill Camp as Curlie
- Matt Damon as Senator Channel
- Joey Slotnick as Arliss
- C. J. Wilson
Ethan Coen and his wife, Tricia Cooke, first pitched the idea for the film to their friend Allison Anders during a Christmas vacation in San Francisco in the early 2000s. The film was announced in January 2007 under the title Drive-Away Dykes, with Anders attached to direct. Coen said the tone was similar to the early 1970s exploitation romance films he saw as a teenager. Selma Blair, Holly Hunter, Christina Applegate, and Chloë Sevigny were among those attached to star at various points during pre-production. In April 2022, reports said Coen would be directing the film, which was now being described as an untitled “lesbian road trip project”. It was produced by Coen, Cooke, Robert Graf, and Working Title principals Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.
It is the debut of Coen as a solo director, excluding the documentary Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind (2022), without the collaboration of his brother, Joel. It is also his first narrative film since The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018). Coen said he took a break from filmmaking in 2018 because he had grown bored with the process and experience of creating a film: “After 30 years, not that it’s no fun, but it’s more of a job than it had been. Joel kind of felt the same way but not to the extent that I did. It’s an inevitable by-product of aging. And the last two movies we made, me and Joel together, were really difficult in terms of production. I mean, really difficult. So if you don’t have to do it, you go at a certain point: Why am I doing this?” Coen and Cooke said they decided to make the film because the COVID-19 pandemic gave them the time to work on it.
In August 2022, Margaret Qualley and Geraldine Viswanathan joined the cast. In September, Beanie Feldstein was added to the cast. In April 2023, the title was revealed to be Drive-Away Dolls, with Pedro Pascal, Colman Domingo, Bill Camp and Matt Damon added to the cast.
Filming began by August 2022 in Pittsburgh, with Ari Wegner serving as cinematographer. Production occurred in Hopewell Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania in October 2022.
Drive-Away Dolls is set to be released in the United States by Focus Features on February 23, 2024. The film was originally scheduled to be released on September 22, 2023, but was delayed due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike.
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