Carmen Ejogo will next be seen alongside Ethan Hawke in “Born to Be Blue,” a film based on the life of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker.
Hawke stars as Baker in the film, which is set in the 1960s, when his career was seemingly over after he lost his teeth in a violent attack. The film follows his comeback attempt with the support of the tough love of his partner Jane, played by Carmen Ejogo.
As you might assume, race is of importance in the film, with writer/director Robert Budreau describing it as the story of “a beautiful, white West Coast icon” (who happens to be married to a mixed-race woman) whose goal is to “get the respect of his black idols,” like Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie, who both appear in the film as well, played by actors Kedar Brown and Kevin Hanchard.
The filmmaker adds that it’s “a mature love story,” comparing it to “Walk the Line,” the 2005 film based on the early life of Johnny Cash, and his romance with June Carter.
Hawke reportedly learned to play the trumpet for the film, and all the performances in the film are his own.
IFC Films will open the film in USA theaters starting this Friday, March 25.
Watch the trailer below, which suggests that Ejogo’s role in the film is more substantial than previously assumed.