John Hawkes Signs Up For Jackie Brown Prequel

Winter’s Bone and Martha Marcy May Marlene star John Hawkes has signed up for Switch, the prequel to Jackie Brown.  Now before you get all excited, Quentin Tarantino has no involvement with the project, although like Brown, it will be adapted from an Elmore Leonard novel.

Hawkes will star opposite Yasiin Bey (the name that Mos Def is going by these days) as younger versions of Louis Gara and Ordell Robbie, characters played by Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson respectively in Jackie Brown.

The plot’s written by writer/director Dan Schechter, a relative newcomer who took a chance and wrote a script based on Leonard’s 1978 book The Switch and sent it to Leonard’s agent Michael Siegel.  Siegel liked it, showed it to Leonard and the two have now agreed to become producers on the new project.  Inspiring stuff.

The plot’s set 15 years before the events of Jackie Brown and sees Gara and Robbie kidnap Mickey Dawson, the wife of a corrupt Detroit real estate developer.  But when he refuses to pay the ransom, the pair are forced to change plans and an understandably furious Dawson ends up using the two of them to get revenge.  Shooting is scheduled for May.

Hawkes has been getting deserved credit of late for eerie performances in both Winter’s Bone (for which he was nominated for an Oscar last year) and Martha Marcy May Marlene (which is out tomorrow) and has also picked up praise for his role in The Surrogate which should be out later this year