Ethan Hawke and Ewan McGregor have signed on to star in Raymond And Ray, a drama in the works for Apple TV+. Rodrigo Garcia (Albert Nobbs, In Treatment) will direct, while Alfonso Cuaron will produce through Mockingbird Pictures.
Hawke and McGregor will play half-brothers in the film, which will focus on the two brothers’ reunion at their father’s funeral and their struggle to overcome the years of miserable parenting he gave them. The film will reportedly take a close look at their reinvention as they work through their troubles with a sense of humor and shared pain.
Snagging Hawke and McGregor continues Apple’s trend of securing big stars for projects. They’ve already got Will Smith on board to star in Antoine Fuqua‘s Emancipation, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro for Martin Scorsese‘s Killers Of The Flower Moon.
They also have Tom Hanks starring in Finch, and Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand for the Joel Coen-directed Macbeth.
That’s a lot of big names, and Hawke and McGregor should fit in just fine. Raymond And Ray sounds like it could sit snugly alongside the acclaimed CODA, Apple’s recently released indie hit that will likely be competing for myriad awards once the calendar ticks over into 2022.
Hawke has a number of projects lined up, including upcoming Netflix thriller The Guilty, a reunion with director Scott Derrickson on horror film The Black Phone, and a supporting role in Robert Eggers‘ The Lighthouse follow-up, The Northman.
He was also one of the many big names recently cast in Knives Out 2, and will also be seen in Disney+ series Moon Knight.
McGregor was seen starring in Netflix miniseries Halston earlier this year, and he’ll next be seen in crime thriller The Birthday Cake later in 2021.
Then he’s got two big projects lined up: Guillermo Del Toro‘s stop-motion animated musical Pinocchio, and Disney+ Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi.