AFM: Ethan Hawke to Star in War Thriller 'Zeros and Ones'

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Writer-director Abel Ferrara is behind the feature, which will shoot in Italy this month.

Ethan Hawke will star in war thriller Zeros and Ones from writer-director Abel Ferrara.

Hawke will play JJ, an American soldier stationed in a Rome that is under siege, locked down, and at war. The Vatican being blown into the night sky is only the beginning of our hero’s journey to uncover and defend against an unknown enemy but threatening the lives of the entire world.

Cristina Chiriac and Phil Neilson will star alongside Hawke in the feature, which is due to begin in Italy later this month.

Diana Phillips of Rimsky Productions and Philipp Kreuzer from Maze Pictures will produce. Christian Mercuri’s Capstone Group will launch sales at AFM this week under its Blue Box International label and will co-rep domestic with CAA Media Finance.

Offered Ferrara: “Zeros and Ones is a film of lockdown and war, danger and espionage, American soldiers, Chinese middlemen, Mid Eastern holy men, provocateurs, diplomats, rogue elements of the CIA and KGB.  I cannot wait to roll the cameras next week in a way that is safe because this film was written during and with an understanding of the pandemic."

Added Mercuri: “Coupled with world-class production values and locations that include the eerie backdrop of present-day Rome which has a feeling of Paris at the end of WW2, this film is a package not to be missed.”

Hawke is also attached to star in AFM title Revolver, which will co-star his daughter Maya and be directed by Andrew Stanton.