Ethan Hawke is the latest actor to join the impressive cast of RZA’s new film project Cut Throat City. The film is a heist thriller set in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Hawke joins the previously cast Terrence Howard, Wesley Snipes, Eiza González, Kat Graham, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Joel David Moore, Isaiah Washington, Keean Johnson, Sam Daly, Denzel Whitaker, Rob Morgan, Rich Paul, Demetrius Shipp Jr., and Shameik Moore.
Wu Tang Clan’s RZA is directing the film based on a script from P.G. Cuscheri.
The story is about, “Four boyhood friends return to New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina, they find their home decimated and prospects for work swept away. Turning to a local gangster for employment, the crew is hired to pull off a daring casino heist, right in the heart of the city. But when the heist goes awry, the boys are forced on a dangerous crime spree, fighting for their survival while both hunted by the warlord and two idealistic detectives.”
Hawke is set to play Jackson Symms, “a highly respected city councilman and retired NOLA deputy chief who has a keen sense of the less fortunate community members who he serves. The 9th Ward is his district. Jackson is pained by the death, property damage, and family despair Hurricane Katrina caused – specifically it reminds him of the loss of his beloved wife.”
I really like this cast, and it seems like this film is going to tell a solid story. RZA tends to make crazy movies, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this one turns out.