Ethan Hawke is having a busy year: Fresh off of our news earlier in the week that Hawke was set to work with director Abel Ferrara in the film Zeros and Ones comes this latest breaking piece from those rascally journalists at The Hollywood Reporter about yet another exciting project the versatile actor has committed his time to, director Antoine Fuqua’s eagerly awaited next film The Guilty.
The Guilty concerns itself with a 911 operator (the always fascinating Jake Gyllenhaal of Nightcrawler fame) having the single worst morning ever as he attempts to help a mysterious caller who may or may not be in serious danger; it seems that something more than a caller in distress is at play in The Guilty with apparently nothing being quite as it at first appears.
Hawke is joining another superlative cast for this taut thriller that takes place all in the space of a single morning: Along with the aforementioned Gyllenhaal are such standout actors as Bill Burr (a real force in King of Staten Island and one of the better stand-up comedians of the last decade or so), Peter Sarsgaard, Paul Dano, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Byron Powers, Riley Keough, David Castaneda, Christina Vidal, Adrian Martinez, Beau Knapp and Edi Patterson. To quote Roy Scheider, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” Or at least a trailer.
Fuqua is directing The Guilty for Netflix from a script penned by True Detective scribe Nic Pizzolatto. The script for the film is based off of the popular Danish drama Den Skyldige. Gyllenhaal is taking on producing honors along with Riva Marker which will fall under their own production house roof of Nine Stories. Not to be outdone in that regard, Fuqua himself will join in on producing with Kat Samick for the aptly named Fuqua Films. Some more names to throw at you: Scott Greenberg, Michel Litvak, Gary Michael Walters, David Litvak and Svetlana Metkina will also throw their weight behind producer’s titles. And, because apparently a major motion picture can never have too many producers, David Haring of Amet Entertainment will get a producer label along with a complimentary tee-shirt and coffee mug…
The Guilty will mark the fourth time Ethan Hawke and Antoine Fuqua have teamed up: The two worked to great effect in the film Training Day, a movie notable for being the one that finally landed Hawke a deserved Oscar nomination. Following Training Day, actor and director reunited for the underrated and underseen film Brooklyn’s Finest. They last worked together on the remake of The Magnificent Seven. This entertainment pundit always thought of Fuqua as playing Scorsese to Hawke’s DiCaprio. Or something like that. They have a fascinating history of collaboration.
The Guilty will also mark another reunion between an actor and the prolific Fuqua: Jake Gyllenhaal worked with the director on 2015’s Southpaw.
Executive producing The Guilty will be Pizolatto alongside Annie Marter, Gustav Moller, Lina Flint, Christian Mercuri, Eric Greenfeld and Jon Oakes.