John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (the artist formerly known as Mos Def) are to star in Switch, a prequel to Jackie Brown.
Quentin Tarantino is not involved in the project, although he’s given it his seal of approval. Writer/director Dan Schecter is the man adapting Elmore Leonard’s 1978 novel. The author’s 1992 work Rum Punch ended up as Tarantino’s 1997 film Jackie Brown. Other adaptations of Leonards books include Out of Sight, Get Shorty, Be Cool, 3:10 to Yuma and television’s Justified.
Variety report Hawkes and Bey are to play the younger versions of Louis Gara and Ordell Robbie, embodied by Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson in Tarantino’s film.
Leonard and his representitive Michael Siegel are serving as producers, having given Schecter the rights after being impressed with his script. The story follows Louis and Ordell as they kidnap the wife of a corrupt Detroit real estate magnate. When her husband refuses to pay the ransom, the trio conspire to get revenge.
Hawkes will be seen in cinemas this week as a cult leader in the fascinating Martha Marcy May Marlene - read our interview with him here. Oscar-nominated for his role in Winter’s Bone, Hawkes is currently receiving rave reviews at Sundance for his starring role in The Surrogate. Dey’s acting career has seen him appear in The Woodsman, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Be Kind Rewind, Cadillac Records and Dexter.