the good lord bird

In the era of the flashy McConaissance and the Keanussance, second acts are all the rage in Hollywood. But while no one has dubbed Ethan Hawke one of these Renaissance Men, Hawke has been quietly building one of the most interesting second acts in Hollywood.

After a brief brush with leading man roles in the ’90s and early 2000s, Hawke settled into a career of indie films aided by his inextricable connection to Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy. Then came a curious pivot to horror. In 2012, Hawke starred in the Blumhouse production Sinister, a critically acclaimed SXSW favorite that would help aid Blumhouse’s rise from low-budget indie studio to today’s go-to horror company. Now, Hawke is teaming up with Blumhouse again, but this time for a small-screen adaptation of The Good Lord Bird.

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In the novel The Good Lord Bird, the young slave Henry dresses in a sackcloth during an escape from violence, and subsequently takes advantage of being mistaken for a girl as he seeks freedom. It’s not the role you might assume Jaden Smith would take to follow a couple of Karate Kid movies (the second is moving forward now) and After Earth. Nevertheless, it’s the movie he’s doing. Read More »