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In the Works: Ethan Hawke Teams Again with 'Gattaca' Director Andrew Niccol for Untitled Thriller

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 24, 2013 at 2:00PM

Writer-director Andrew Niccol's next film is set, with Ethan Hawke in talks to star in the thriller. This would mean a re-teaming of the "Gattaca" and "Lord of War" helmer with his leading man.
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Ethan Hawke
Ethan Hawke

Writer-director Andrew Niccol's next film is set, with Ethan Hawke in talks to star in the thriller. This would mean a re-teaming of the "Gattaca" and "Lord of War" helmer with his leading man. 

Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in "Before Midnight"
Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in "Before Midnight"

This time around, Hawke would play a fighter pilot who becomes a Las Vegas drone pilot; he leads a double life fighting the Taliban, and carrying on as if all is normal at home with his wife and kids. He eventually has a crisis of conscience, wondering if he's in fact creating more terrorists than killing them.

The film is set for a February 1 production start.

Hawke has had a big year. Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight," the third film in the series charting the so-far 21 year romance between an American man (played by Hawke) and French woman (Julie Delpy), landed some of the strongest reviews of 2013. And horror film "The Purge," with Hawke headlining, made $63 million domestically -- not bad for a film that only cost $3 million.

Niccol's most recent films have been "In Time," starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried, and Stephenie Meyer adaptation "The Host," starring Saoirse Ronan.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.