‘Born to Be Blue’ First Trailer: Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker

Ethan Hawke As Chet Baker

Ethan Hawke stars as famed trumpet player in the first trailer from Robert Budreau’s Born to Be Blue. Therefore not only does Don Cheadle‘s Miles Davis biopic arrive in April, but a week prior we get a biopic of mid-century jazz musician style icon Chet Baker. So many biopics this year.

The film comes from The Deaths of Chet Baker director and follows Baker’s comeback after he’d fallen into a self-destructive spiral of heroin addiction and depression in the 1950s, sustaining career-ending injuries during a fight.

Co-starring Carmen Ejogo and Callum Keith Rennie, the film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and will be in theaters on March 25th and on VOD March 31st. Watch the first Born to Be Blue trailer and poster below.

Looks great. I wonder if they will have Ethan sing or someone sing for him.

Ethan Hawke As Chet Baker

Ethan Hawke lights up the screen as jazz legend Chet Baker, whose tumultuous life is thrillingly reimagined with wit, verve, and style to burn. In the 1950s, Baker was one of the most famous trumpeters in the world, renowned as both a pioneer of the West Coast jazz scene and an icon of cool. By the 1960s, he was all but washed up, his career and personal life in shambles due to years of heroin addiction. In his innovative anti-biopic, director Robert Budreau zeroes in on Baker’s life at a key moment in the 1960s, just as the musician attempts to stage a hard-fought comeback, spurred in part by a passionate romance with a new flame (Carmen Ejogo). Creatively blending fact with fiction and driven by Hawke’s virtuoso performance, Born to Be Blue unfolds with all the stylistic brio and improvisatory genius of great jazz.