“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,” is a phrase a young Ethan Hawke took to heart while filming “Dead Poets Society,” the Academy Award-winning drama that launched his career as an actor. Twenty-five years and several Tony® and Oscar® nominations later, he has emerged a multifaceted artist, challenging himself as a novelist, screenwriter, and director.
Hawke most recently appeared in Robert Budreau’s Born to Be Blue, for which he received rave reviews from the Toronto Film Festival for his depiction of legendary jazz trumpeter Chet Baker. Hawke’s film Maggie’s Plan, a comedy in which he stars opposite Greta Gerwig and Julianne Moore, also premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival, and has just been released.
Hawke recently wrapped production on The Magnificent Seven, directed by Antoine Fuqua. The MGM remake of the iconic film also stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Matt Bomer, and Peter Sarsgaard. He also recently filmed Blumhouse and Ti West’s In a Valley of Violence, which premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival, as well as Noah Buschel’s The Phenom, set for release in June.
Additionally, Hawke’s graphic novel, Indeh, with illustrator Greg Ruth, will be published through Grand Central Publishing this June. Indeh captures the narrative of two nations at war who strive to find peace and forgiveness in a time of great upheaval.
Hawke recently made his documentary directorial debut with Seymour: An Introduction, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and also played at the New York Film Festival. The project follows the life of the legendary pianist and piano teacher Seymour Bernstein.