Richard Linklater, Kris Kristofferson Joining Ethan Hawke's Music Biopic 'Blaze'

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Richard Linklater; Sam Rockwell; Kris Kristofferson

Sam Rockwell and Wyatt Russell were also added to the cast of the indie feature.

Richard Linklater, Kris Kristofferson and Sam Rockwell have joined the cast of Ethan Hawke's indie feature Blaze.

Blaze is a biopic of country and Western songwriter Blaze Foley, who lived in a treehouse in the 1970s with his longtime girlfriend Sybil Rosen. The film is set during the time when Foley transformed from a hippie musician to an influential singer-songwriter. 

The ensemble will be led by musician Ben Dickey, playing Foley, and Alia Shawkat, who will portray Rosen. Wyatt Russell and Steve Zahn are also among the cast. 

Hawke co-wrote the script with Rosen, adapting her memoir, Living in the Woods in a Tree, for the screen. Rosen will play her own mother in the film.

Ethan Hawke, Ryan Hawke, Jake Seal and John Sloss are producing the feature, which is shooting in Louisiana and Mississippi.