Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried will star in Paul Schrader’s next film, First Reformed.
The Arclight Films and Killer Films project follows an ex-military chaplain (Hawke) who is tortured by the loss of a son he encouraged to enlist in the armed forces. He is further challenged after befriending a young parishioner (Seyfried), and her radical environmentalist husband. He soon discovers hidden secrets of his church’s complicity with unscrupulous corporations.
Schrader’s latest film, Dog Eat Dog, is screening at the Toronto Film Festival and was also an Arclight Films project.
“We’re excited to be working with Paul again,” said Gary Hamilton, managing director of Arclight Films and a producer on the project. “Mr. Schrader has an uncanny ability to bring magic to the big screen. He has an extraordinary gift to help actors to dig deep to deliver their most exhilarating performances as well as the ability to continually create new, commercially viable feature films that remain true to their artistic integrity.”
Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa of Killer Films are producing the film, which is in preproduction, along with Hamilton. Brian Beckmann is executive producing. Arclight Films, which is financing the film, has taken on worldwide rights, and is presenting it to buyers in Toronto.
“First Reformed is a script I’ve been moving toward for almost 50 years. Ethan Hawke’s image appeared to me while I was writing and he responded days after reading the script,” said Schrader. “Now we are delighted to be able to add Amanda Seyfried. These are unique performers with a special charisma.”
Hawke, most recently seen in TIFF opening night film The Magnificent Seven, is repped by CAA, MGMT Entertainment and attorney George Sheanshang. Seyfried, whose upcoming films include Andrew Niccol’s sci-fi project Anon and The Last Word with Anne Heche, is repped by Innovative and attorney Mike Williams.
Arclight is financing the film and has taken on worldwide rights. Financing was also arranged by David Gonzales of Northside, which represents Schrader with Johnnie Planco of Parseghian Planco.