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Ethan Hawke gets back in action with Vigilandia

Jan. 13, 2012by: Paul Shirey
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Former indie star Ethan Hawke is continuing the trend of putting the kabosh on his Gen X image by signing on for the lead in VIGILANDIA, a futuristic thriller from Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes productions and Universal. The low-budget pic is written and directed by James DeMonaco who wrote THE NEGOTIATOR and the ASSAULT ON PRECINCT remake, which also starred Hawke.

Not much else is known about the project, but it's the first production to come out of a first-look deal that Universal gave to Producer Jason Blum to produce low-budget genre films. Just what we need, right?

Hawke has struggled of late to find footing in his career, especially transitioning from the REALITY BITES pigeonhole. He delivered a stellar performance in TRAINING DAY and followed up with more action roles in DAYBREAKERS and ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, both of which aren't exactly classics.

Hawke has the intensity to pull off the everyman/underdog role quite well, but some people simply can't buy him in an action role at all. Personally, with the right role, I think Hawke could easily get back in the game.

VIGILANDIA seems like another slice of genre pie. Could it possibly propel Hawke out of his slump?

Extra Tidbit: What would you rather see: A third BEFORE SUNRISE film or a sequel to TRAINING DAY?
Source: Deadline

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1:03PM on 01/13/2012
the guy just lacks something that would take him to the next level. he is kinda dull IMO. he is a supporting role kinda guy.
the guy just lacks something that would take him to the next level. he is kinda dull IMO. he is a supporting role kinda guy.
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10:57AM on 01/13/2012

The Remake of Assault on Precinct 13...

... Was surprisingly good as was Daybreakers. No, they weren't box office hits and honestly, other than Training Day (which everyone saw for Denzel), what box office hit has he been in? He has never been a box office "star" and I doubt that it will happen. I hope that it does, though, because I think he's a good actor. But I will watch him in anything because he can be a dramatic actor as well as an action hero so either of the choices in the article would be acceptable. Well, to be honest, I'd
... Was surprisingly good as was Daybreakers. No, they weren't box office hits and honestly, other than Training Day (which everyone saw for Denzel), what box office hit has he been in? He has never been a box office "star" and I doubt that it will happen. I hope that it does, though, because I think he's a good actor. But I will watch him in anything because he can be a dramatic actor as well as an action hero so either of the choices in the article would be acceptable. Well, to be honest, I'd prefer a Before Sunset sequel.
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10:47AM on 01/13/2012
I still believe Ethan's finest work was in Gattaca.
I still believe Ethan's finest work was in Gattaca.
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10:33AM on 01/13/2012

Vagilandia

*chuckles*
*chuckles*
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10:30AM on 01/13/2012
I don't think Ethan Hawke is in a slump at all after Training Day, he's done work that I've enjoyed since that film. Before Sunset, Lord of War, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Brooklyn's Finest, Daybreakers...I thought these were good films and Vigilandia just adds to that growing list most likely.
I don't think Ethan Hawke is in a slump at all after Training Day, he's done work that I've enjoyed since that film. Before Sunset, Lord of War, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Brooklyn's Finest, Daybreakers...I thought these were good films and Vigilandia just adds to that growing list most likely.
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10:10AM on 01/13/2012
I think Hawke could be a really awesome action star. And the guy is damn good actor. He's a hell of a lot more interesting than guys like Vin Diesel and Channing Tatum. I wonder if Hawke would ever work with Tarantino. Even after that situation with Uma.
I think Hawke could be a really awesome action star. And the guy is damn good actor. He's a hell of a lot more interesting than guys like Vin Diesel and Channing Tatum. I wonder if Hawke would ever work with Tarantino. Even after that situation with Uma.
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