Wildcat | Trailer released for Ethan Hawke’s next film

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Ethan Hawke goes back behind the camera for Wildcat, and here are details of his new film – plus a trailer.

Ethan Hawke is better known as an actor than a director, with a prolific career that has included many collaborations with Richard Linklater – the sublime Before trilogy, Tape, The Newton Boys and Boyhood stand tall. Plus, films as diverse as Dead Poet’s Society, Training Day, The Purge, Predestination and Lord Of War – the sequel to the latter is currently in development, with writer and director Andrew Niccol and star Nicholas Cage on board. It has not been confirmed if Hawke will appear.

However, he has also steadily built up an impressive career behind the camera. Besides co-writing the last two Before films with Linklater and Julie Delpy, he has directed several documentaries and three feature films – Chelsea Walls in 1999, The Hottest State, adapted from his own novel in 2006, and Blaze in 2018, a biopic of musician Blaze Foley.

His next film is Wildcat, the synopsis reads as follows:

1950, Flannery O’Connor (Maya Hawke) visits her mother Regina (Laura Linney) in Georgia when she is diagnosed with lupus at 24 years old. Struggling with the same disease that took her father’s life when she was a child and desperate to make her mark as a great writer, this crisis pitches her imagination into a feverish exploration of belief. As she dives deeper into her craft, the lines between reality, imagination, and faith begin to blur, allowing Flannery to ultimately come to peace with her situation & heal a strained relationship with her mother. 

The cast also includes Philip Ettinger, Rafael Casal, Cooper Hoffman and Christine Dye.

Hawke directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Shelby Gaines.

Wildcat is released on the 4th May in the US, although at the moment, a UK release date has not been confirmed.

Watch the trailer below…

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