According to Variety, Stranger Things star Maya Hawke and Oscar nominee Laura Linney have signed on to star Ethan Hawkenext instructional entry, Wild cat, based on the life of Southern author Flannery O’Connor. This marks Maya Hawke’s latest collaboration with her father after working together on Showtime’s acclaimed miniseries The Good Lord Bird.
“Maya has worked hard for years to put this project together, and we are grateful for the opportunity to introduce a new generation of moviegoers to the genius of Flannery O’Connor,” Ethan Hawke said in a statement. “Her work explores themes important to all artists—the intersection of creativity and faith, the blurred relationship between imagination and reality.”
In addition, Alessandro Nivola (The Many Saints of Newark), Vincent D’Onofrio (daredevil), Philip Ettinger (First reformed), Steve Zahn (White Lotus), Rafael Casal (Blind spotting), Cooper Hoffman (Licorice pizza), and Willa Fitzgerald (Reacher) has also joined the biographical drama.
Wild cat will be directed and produced by Ethan Hawke from a script he co-wrote with Shelby Gaines. It is produced by Joe Goodman for Good Country Pictures, Ryan Hawke for Under the Influence Productions and Cory Pyke for Renovo Media Group along with Kevin Downes and Kingdom Story Company’s Jon Erwin and Daryl Lefever.
Maya Hawke, who is also an executive producer, will portray the lead role of Flannery O’Connor. The film tells the story of how the struggling writer published his first novel. She gained acclaim for her relaxed short fiction about faith and the American South. Some of her notable works are The violent carries it away and Wise Blood.
Executive producers are Eric Groth and David Kingland of Renovo Media Group, who also serve as financiers. Production has already begun on the project in Louisville, Kentucky.