Ethan Hawke and Margaret Qualley headline Richard Linklater’s ‘Blue Moon’ cast


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Veteran filmmaker Richard Linklater is gearing up for his next big project, “Blue Moon.” This biopic delves into the emotional and tragic final days of the legendary songwriter Lorenz Hart. Hot on the heels of his successful movie “Hit Man,” Linklater’s upcoming film promises to offer a profound look into Hart’s impactful life, bolstered by an impressive cast and the support of Sony Pictures Classics. Ethan Hawke and Margaret Qualley are set to headline the said project.

Lorenz Hart’s “Blue Moon” story

“Blue Moon” explores the life of Lorenz Hart, famous for being one-half of the celebrated songwriting team Rodgers & Hart. They created iconic songs such as “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “My Funny Valentine,” and the namesake “Blue Moon.”

Hart’s journey, filled with both immense talent and profound personal battles, sets the stage for Linklater’s unique narrative approach. The story unfolds during a pivotal time leading up to Hart’s untimely passing in 1943. It centers around the opening night of “Oklahoma!,” marking the first collaboration between Hart’s former partner Richard Rodgers, and his new partner, Oscar Hammerstein II.

The upcoming film “Blue Moon” boasts a star-studded cast that includes some of the most esteemed actors in Hollywood. Leading the cast is Ethan Hawke, a regular collaborator with director Richard Linklater. This film marks their ninth project together, following a partnership that began with “Before Sunrise” back in 1995 and extended through its sequels as well as other notable films like “Boyhood” and “Waking Life.”

Alongside Hawke is Margaret Qualley, who gained significant recognition in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and more recently starred in Ethan Coen’s “Drive-Away Dolls.” Bobby Cannavale, known for his performances in “Third Watch” and Linklater’s “Fast Food Nation,” and Andrew Scott, celebrated for his roles as Moriarty in “Sherlock” and the “hot priest” in “Fleabag,” round out the main cast.

Written by Robert Kaplow, the screenplay for “Blue Moon” builds on the creative partnership established during the 2009 adaptation of his novel “Me and Orson Welles” by Richard Linklater. This project continues the dynamic collaboration, promising a narrative that’s both touching and sharp.

Richard Linklater won’t just direct; he’ll also produce the film along with Mike Blizzard and John Sloss. The executive producers include notable figures such as Macdara Kelleher, Donna Eperon, John Keville, David Kingland, Lisa Crnic, Aaron Wiederspahn, and Steven Farneth, providing strong support for the production.

Dublin sets the stage for “Blue Moon”

Nearly a year ago, Rick, Ethan, and John presented Robert Kaplow’s incredible script “Blue Moon” to Sony Pictures Classics. After months of collaboration, the project is now ready to move forward. With a stellar cast and crew and Rick’s direction, they are excited to share this film with audiences globally.

Production for the film will start this summer in Dublin, Ireland. An amazing cast and crew will join forces. The city’s lively culture will make a perfect setting for this mid-20th-century American story, adding extra depth to its plot.

The life of Lorenz Hart presents a rich blend of brilliance and tragedy, perfect for Linklater’s sensitive and detailed direction. The film will delve into Hart’s battle with alcoholism, his secretive homosexuality, and the devastating loss of his mother. These personal struggles will be set against his significant professional successes and the cultural shift following Rodgers’ collaboration with Hammerstein, creating an engaging narrative for the biopic.

“Blue Moon” sets out to explore Hart’s impact on American music and unravel the complexities of the man who created such memorable melodies. By emphasizing authenticity and emotional depth, Linklater’s film promises to be a heartfelt ode to a musical genius whose life and lyrics were equally intricate.

As the production of “Blue Moon” moves forward, excitement grows for what is sure to be another significant work in Richard Linklater’s impressive career. Combining historical richness with touching narratives and stellar performances, this film aims to enthrall viewers.

Although the release date has not been confirmed, the film’s progression from a long-standing passion project to a much-awaited cinematic experience highlights the lasting importance of teamwork and creative ambition in filmmaking.

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