John Hawkes is one-of-a-kind. This is a guy who can take roles in an HBO series (Eastbound & Down) and do some work for Steven Spielberg (Lincoln) or Steven Soderbergh (Contagion) on the side, but holds virtually no aversion to the smaller stuff, either. (He had a role in my favorite movie of this year’s Tribeca, The Playroom, for example.) More on that latter side of things comes a story from THR, who inform us Hawkes will be starring in Too Late, the feature debut of writer-director Dennis Hauck.
Here, the Oscar nominee plays a private investigator tasked with finding a woman he ends up bonding with. Standard stuff on the surface, but Too Late gets a tad more interesting when you learn it’s told in a non-linear fashion — not entirely unlike his critical smash from last year, Martha Marcy May Marlene. (There will probably be less singing, though.)
Though that still doesn’t count for a whole lot, Hawkes is both a great actor and someone with great taste in projects, so Too Late gets my instant approval simply based on his involvement. Few performers earn that kind of distinction, but I’ll be damned if he isn’t one of them.
The cast also includes Peter Bogdanovich, Natalie Zea (Justified), Rider Strong (Cabin Fever), Brett Jacobsen (The Myth of the American Sleepover), and Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse, Being Human); Hauck, Taylor Feltner, and Alexandra Barreto will produce through the helmer’s Foe Killer Films. Shooting is scheduled to commence at the end of this month.
Is Too Late looking good right now?
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