'Good Lord Bird': Release date, plot, cast, trailer, news and everything else about Ethan Hawke's new project inspired by James McBride novel

'Good Lord Bord,' an eight-part limited series produced by Blumhouse Television, will see Ethan Hawke wearing the actor, writer and producer hats, and will air on Showtime


                            'Good Lord Bird': Release date, plot, cast, trailer, news and everything else about Ethan Hawke's new project inspired by James McBride novel

Inspired by the award-winning James McBride novel titled ‘The Good Lord Bird,’ Ethan Hawke’s next project will be an eight-part limited series to be aired on Showtime. The show, which will be produced by Blumhouse Television, will see Ethan Hawke wearing the actor, writer and producer hats.

It was during the 2016 South by Southwest festival that Hawke and Jason Blum, who is another executive producer on the show, came up with the idea for the show. Hawke reportedly told Blum that his wife and he had just read the book ‘The Good Lord Bird’ and that they should bring it to the screen. The “dominoes started falling” soon after that, Deadline quotes Hawke him as saying.

Release date: Yet to be announced

Plot

Told from the perspective of "Little Onion," a slave in Kansas during the Bleeding Kansas era, ‘Good Lord Bird’ narrates the story of his various encounters with special focus on his relationship with the 19th-century abolitionist John Brown. Onion becomes a member in Brown’s motley family and goes on to participate in the famous 1859 raid on the Army depot at Harpers Ferry.

Even though this particular incident did not have the intended impact Brown wanted, it is what instigated the civil war. “’Good Lord Bird’ is one of my favorite books, told with wit, grace and wisdom by the great James McBride,” Hawke said. “Bringing this story to the screen has been a passion project of mine.”

Cast

As of now, only Ethan Hawke's role as John Brown has been announced. 

Actor Ethan Hawke attend MoMA's Contenders Screening of 'First Reformed' at MoMA Titus One on November 29, 2018 in New York City. (Getty Images)
Actor Ethan Hawke attend MoMA's Contenders Screening of 'First Reformed' at MoMA Titus One on November 29, 2018 in New York City. (Getty Images)

Creator

Hawke is a Tony and four-time Academy Award nominated actor and writer whose diverse career as a novelist, actor, director, and screenwriter spans more than three decades. He received critical praise for his performance in Paul Schrader’s 'First Reformed' and was named Best Actor by the New York Film Critics Circle and the Gotham Awards, in addition to winning this year’s Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead.

He has been in many iconic films such as 'Dead Poets Society', 'Gattaca', 'Training Day', 'Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead', 'Boyhood,' 'Born to Be Blue', Richard Linklater’s 'Before' trilogy, and 'Juliet, Naked'. He also directed and co-wrote the music biopic 'Blaze' which he produced with his wife Ryan for their Under the Influence banner.

Where to watch: 

The show will air on Showtime.