John Hawkes and Mos Def Set to Lead 'Jackie Brown' Prequel 'Switch'

February 1, 2012
Source: Variety

Mos Def / The Switch / John Hawkes

Over a year and a half ago there came word that a prequel to Jackie Brown (which was based on Elmore Leonard's novel Rum Punch) was being crafted as an adaptation of the novel Switch, a story which deals with younger versions of Robert DeNiro and Samuel L. Jackson's characters Louis Gara and Ordell Robbie. While director Quentin Tarantino wouldn't be involved with the prequel, he did give the project his blessing, and I think we're all going to be glad he did as Variety reports Sundance King John Hawkes (Martha Marcy May Marlene, Winter's Bone) will star in the film with Mos Def, or Yasiin Bey as he's now known.

The film is in the hands of writer/director Dan Schecther (Supporting Characters) which takes place 15 years before the events of Jackie Brown and follows Ordell and Louis as they team up to kidnap Mickey Dawson, the wife of a corrupt Detroit real estate developer. When the husband refuses to pay the ransom for his wife's return, the ex-cons are forced to reconceive their plan, and the angry housewife uses the duo to get her revenge. Def/Bey just finished up a great guest arc on the last season of "Dexter" and Hawkes is fresh off a buzzed about performance from The Surrogate at Sundance last month. Both are perfect choices to fit into DeNiro and Jackson's shoes, but I'm more interested in seeing what Schecther does with this high profile project. What's cool about the filmmaker is he wrote the script on spec without permissions from the author and both Leonard and producer Michael Siegel just loved his work. That's pretty bad-ass.

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I really like the way this sounds. Mos Def and Hawkes are both great actors and Jackie Brown was excellent (IMO). But, you know, that might just be a bias on my part.

Cracky on Feb 1, 2012


I love this, sounds great. can't wait to see what they do with the charatcers they Quentin, Jackson, and DeNiro have created.

The_Kid89 on Feb 1, 2012


As long as they stay with Hawkes and Def, I'm in! Those two as younger portrayals of DeNiro and Jackson is brilliant.

Nick Malone on Feb 1, 2012


I dunno, Didn't "Mos def" change his name?

Johnny Dewep on Feb 1, 2012


 Check the last line of the first paragraph.

Ethan Anderton on Feb 2, 2012


Sounds interesting.

M.K. Nielsen on Feb 2, 2012


I like Mos as an actor, but I just can't see him being menancing in anything! I can't see him being a foul mouthed, killer like Sam was in Jackie Brown...would have prefered Anthony Mackie perhaps..

jah p on Feb 2, 2012


Any more adaptations from Leonard are welcome!!  Hawkes as a young Deniro, amazing...Would like to see if Mos Def can pull it off

Moot on Feb 3, 2012


Hawkes I can do with, but Mos Def has big shoes to film and I don't think he's got it to 'emulate' or at least channel Sam L Jack. We'll see though

Sedna on Feb 5, 2012

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