IFC Films has bought the U.S. rights to Robert Budreau’s Chet Baker biopic Born To Be Blue, starring Ethan Hawke, Carmen Ejogo and Callum Keith Rennie.
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in the “Special Presentations” section. Check out a small clip (the only footage of the film so far) below:
Hawke earned strong reviews for his portrayal of Chet Baker, the trumpeter and singer who, after becoming a jazz icon in the 1950s, became equally famous for his drug addiction.
Born to be Blue starring Ethan Hawke is a re-imagining of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker’s life in the 60’s. When Chet stars in a film about himself, a romance heats up with his costar, the enigmatic Jane (Carmen Ejogo). Production is shelved when Chet’s past comes back to haunt him and it appears he may never play music again but Jane challenges him to mount a musical comeback against all the odds.
Mixing a love story with historical fact and fiction, the film re-imagines Baker’s attempt at a comeback. The film had a quiet run in Toronto, but the film was unanimously praised for Hawke’s performance. The film is worth seeking out, especially for any Chet Baker fans.
“We are thrilled to be working once more with Ethan Hawke, who delivers one of the best performances of his career in Budreau’s profoundly moving film,” said Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films. Sehring and IFC have already had great success working with Hawke who earned his 4th Oscar nomination (2nd in an acting category) for Supporting Actor in Boyhood last year, as well as Hawke’s documentary Seymour.
It’s worth noting that Ejogo was last seen in Selma and The Purge: Anarchy and will be seen next in the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them sometime in 2016. She’s a fine actress and is deserving a more roles in the industry (hopefully that Potter prestige will do the trick).
Look for Born To Be Blue in theaters now.
Ed. Note – Can’t do a Chet Baker piece without any Chet Baker;
Images: IFC, Sundance Selects