Ethan Hawke shoots Chet Baker biopic in Sudbury

Hollywood actor Ethan Hawke is playing legendary jazz trumpeter Chet Baker in a new film being shot in Sudbury, Ont.
Movie crews prepare to shoot a scene on Durham St. in downtown Sudbury. (Megan Thomas/CBC)

Hollywood actor Ethan Hawke is playing legendary jazz trumpeter Chet Baker in a new film being shot in Sudbury, Ont.

Born to be Blue is also set to star Callum Keith Rennie (Fifty Shades of Grey).

Actor Ethan Hawke will star as jazz great Chet Baker in biopic "Born To Be Blue,' currently being filmed in Sudbury, Ont. (Leonard Adam/Getty Images)
The majority of the film's production is due to take place in Sudbury and principal photography is underway.

The City of Sudbury said Born to be Blue is filming of exterior scenes in front of the Townehouse Tavern on Elgin Street, and in the pedestrian underpass between Elgin Street and Riverside Drive on Oct. 23.

Written and directed by Robert Budreau (That Beautiful Somewhere), Hawke has helped to develop the project.

Hawke is having a banner year. He's generating Oscar buzz for his role in Boyhood and stars in the upcoming drama The Good Kill, about drone warfare. He's also receiving acclaim for his documentary Seymour: An Introduction, about pianist Seymour Bernstein.

Born to be Blue is one of two films turning Sudbury's downtown area into a film set. A Hideaway Pictures film production called 30th Birthday is also shooting on portions of Durham and Larch Streets.

With files from Canadian Press

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.