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W MAGAZINE – Maya Hawke likes to joke that she applied to Julliard “just to avoid having to do well on the SATs.” But the reality is that she’s been acting for as long as she can remember—“I did every school play,” she says—and she’s never really been able to imagine herself doing anything else.
“I’ve been getting up on stage and saying beautiful words and trying to make people laugh since I was really little and nothing makes me feel better in my own skin,” says the lanky, still slightly coltish 20-year-old, who ended up dropping out of drama school after just a year, when her role as Jo March in the 2017 PBS miniseries Little Women conflicted with her class schedule. “For me, acting has always felt like something you just do—the idea that anyone didn’t perform in plays was bizarre to me.”
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Peter Sarsgaard (Shattered Glass), Maya Hawke (BBC’s Little Women), and Betty Gabriel (Get Out) have joined Liev Schreiber, Marisa Tomei, and Alex Wolff in the indie dramatic thriller Human Capital, an adaption of Stephen Amidon’s novel which is being helmed by Marc Meyers.
From a screenplay by Oren Moverman, the film centers on the lives of two families, one middle-class and one privileged, as their lives intertwine across the social divide when two of their children suddenly begin a relationship that leads to a tragic accident.
Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray’s Maven Pictures and Bert Marcus Film’s Bert Marcus are producing the pic alongside Moverman for Sight Unseen Pictures, as well as Schrieber and Matthew Stillman under their Illuminated Content banner.
The book was first adapted into the 2013 Italian-language film Il Capitale Umano from director Paolo Virzì and became one of Italy’s highest grossing films.
Production on Human Capital is currently underway in New York.
Sarsgaard, repped by WME and Anonymous, can currently be seen in Hulu’s The Looming Tower miniseries. Hawke, who co-stars in the upcoming third season of Netflix’s Stranger Things, is a client of CAA and Untitled. ICM and Untitled reps Gabriel, who will appear opposite Ethan Hawke in the Logan Marshall-Green-directed film, Adopt a Highway.
Director Gia Coppola Sets Andrew Garfield, Maya Hawke, Nat Wolff & Jason Schwartzman For ‘Mainstream’ – AFM
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: After making her directorial debut on Palo Alto, Gia Coppola is set to direct and co-write Mainstream as her followup. Andrew Garfield, Maya Hawke, Nat Wolff and Jason Schwartzman have been set to star in an eccentric love triangle and cautionary tale of preserving your identity within the fast-moving internet age. Coppola wrote the script with Tom Stuart, with filming to get underway at year’s end.
CAA Media Finance is handling domestic sales, Wild Bunch is handling foreign sales, and they are introducing it at AFM.
Automatik’s Fred Berger (La La Land and Destroyer) is producing. Robert Schwartzman, Holly Wiersma, and American Zoetrope will serve as executive producers on the film.
Coppola is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment; Garfield is CAA and Gordon & French; Hawke CAA and Untitled; Wolff is CAA, Untitled and Definition; Schwartzman is WME; and Stuart is Grandview.
Lena Dunham, Austin Butler, Maya Hawke, Lorenza Izzo Board Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: More casting news on Sony’s Once Upon a Time In Hollywood. The Quentin Tarantino-helmed film has added Girls alum Lena Dunham, Austin Butler, Maya Hawke and Chilean actress Lorenza Izzo.
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, the film visits 1969 Los Angeles, where one-time TV star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) make their way in an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The plot features multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.
The large ensemble cast also includes Margot Robbie, Timothy Olyphant, Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Al Pacino, Emile Hirsch, Clifton Collins Jr, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Scoot McNairy, Keith Jefferson and Nicholas Hammond.
Tarantino, David Heyman and Shannon McIntosh are producers on the film, which is slated for release July 26.
Hawke — daughter of Ethan Hawke and Kill Bill star Uma Thurman — starred as Jo March in BBC’s three-part adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott classic Little Women and is set as a series regular in the third season of Netflix’s Stranger Things.
Dunham is repped by CAA; Butler by WME and Anonymous Content; Hawke by CAA and Untitled; Izzo by Authentic and Paradigm.
ELLE – “In a lot of ways, I have been preparing for this character my entire life,” says Maya Hawke, who plays the tenacious, theatrical Jo March in the PBS miniseries adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved 1868 classic, Little Women (which will air May 13). Indeed, the 19-year-old actress seems as earnest and impassioned over vegan matcha lattes in a Brooklyn coffee shop as her Jo does, say, when rejecting a dear friend’s romantic advances onscreen.
Hawke’s preparations began when Hawke was diagnosed with dyslexia as a child; Little Women was one of the first books she read by herself. “Jo was a big inspiration to me,” she says, “as far as having the drive and the passion to pursue my love for reading and writing, even when it was challenging.” Hawke, who grew up in New York, ended up attending Saint Ann’s, an arts-oriented private school in Brooklyn, where she explored and nurtured her love of literature and theater.