Given the measure of biopics coming out this year about late jazz legends, one would think that the time has come for the genre to make a comeback. Zoe Saldana channels Nina Simone, Don Cheadle the late trumpeter Miles Davis and, brokenheartedly, Ethan Hawke does the heroine-driven Chet Baker. A narrative that wants to bring you low--way low--the story fails, however, to do much to remedy its self-imposed blues.
Ethan Hawke is coming off a hot year with a much cooler film that is set to debut at the Toronto Film Festival. "Born to Be Blue," which features Ethan Hawke as the studded trumpeter-vocalist, Chet Baker, will premiere at the festival in September.
Ethan Hawke is coming off a busy year with several awards season contenders in the mix, including Boyhood; documentary Seymour: An Introduction; Peter Spierig's Predestination; Andrew Niccol's Good Kill; and Shakespeare's Cymbeline. And next in the way of blockbusters: the Chet Back biopic Born to Be Blue.