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Maya Hawke Will Portray Flannery O’Connor in Ethan Hawke-Directed ‘Wildcat’

Maya Hawke Will Portray Flannery O’Connor in Ethan Hawke-Directed ‘Wildcat’

Maya Hawke will be starring as Flannery O’Connor, one of the most influential modern Christian writers, in the upcoming biopic Wildcat. The film will be directed by her dad, Ethan Hawke.

O’Connor’s short stories and novels, including “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and “Wise Blood,” explored themes of faith, morality and the human condition. Her works were strongly shaped by her Catholicism and Southern culture, as well as her own struggles with lupus.

Ethan and Maya have worked together before on the limited series “The Good Lord Bird,” but this will be his first time directing his daughter.

“Maya has been working hard for years to put this project together, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to introduce a new generation of filmgoers to the genius of Flannery O’Connor,” Ethan told Variety. “Her work explores themes important to all artists — the intersection of creativity and faith, the blurred relationship between imagination and reality.”

The Hawkes will be joined by Laura Linney, Philip Ettinger, Rafael Casal, Steve Zahn, Cooper Hoffman, Willa Fitzgerald, Alessandro Nivola and Vincent DOnofrio.

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