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Photograph: © 2023 Home Box Office, Inc. All Rights Reserved.Pedro Pascal in ‘The Last of Us’

Pedro Pascal is on the road again in a new Ethan Coen comedy

This is the way… to ‘Drive-Away Dolls’

Phil de Semlyen
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Phil de Semlyen

No one is doing itinerant acting like Pedro Pascal at the moment. Not content with roaming the galaxy in The Mandalorian and a post-apocalyptic America in The Last of Us, the actor is hitting the highway again in Ethan Coen’s new queer road-trip comedy, Drive-Away Dolls.

The Chilean-American actor joins a cast that features Margaret Qualley, BlockersGeraldine Viswanathan, Beanie Feldstein, Colman Domingo, Bill Camp and Matt Damon.

‘Written by Ethan Coen and [wife] Tricia Cooke, this comedy caper follows Jamie, an uninhibited free spirit bemoaning yet another break-up with a girlfriend, and her demure friend Marian who desperately needs to loosen up,’ runs the film’s official synopsis. ‘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.’

Our best guess is that Pascal will be joining Damon, Camp and possibly Domingo in that very Coens-y-sounding posse of hapless criminals.

Pascal is burnishing his status as one of the most in-demand actors around with a role in Ethan Coen’s first solo director credit on a narrative film. (He directed 2022’s music documentary Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind.)

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Drive-Away Dolls, meanwhile, looks likely to premiere at one of the autumn’s big festivals, ahead of its September 22 release date.

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