‘Born to Be Blue’ Trailer Teases Ethan Hawke’s Performance as Jazz Musician Chet Baker

By February 15, 2016

Miles Ahead isn’t the only biopic about a struggling Jazz musician we’re getting this year, and in fact, it’s not even the only one we’re getting this Spring. No, Don Cheadle’s directorial debut will be accompanied by Born to be Blue, the equally-interesting biopic about struggling Jazz musician, Chet Baker, played by Ethan Hawke, during a specific moment in his career, when he was fighting to make a long-awaited comeback in the jazz scene.

A jazz pioneer brought down by years of heroin addiction and getting in bed with the wrong people, Hawke looks like he’s fighting for awards gold with this performance, despite the film’s untimely release date for the season.

The first official theatrical trailer for the film has been released online today as well, and it looks kind of like how you might expect it to. Although, that might not be a bad thing in this case. Check it out below:

Here’s the film’s official synopsis as well:

“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 (Camen Ejogo).”

Coming out within about a week of Miles Ahead‘s release date, it will be interesting to see which of the two films manages to come out on top. Although the latter does seem to have much more hype going for it, both from its star power and festival buzz, Born to be Blue looks like a much quieter film than its competition, and it could come down to personal preference alone with these two.

Hawke is probably one of the most reliable actors in the industry today, always turning out amazing performances in all of his projects, even if the films themselves might not live up to his own standards. It looks like he’s swinging for the fences with this one though, and from the stylistic choices in this trailer alone, Born to be Blue looks like one of the indie films to watch out for in the beginning months of the year. Now, let’s just hope it manages to live up to its own promise.

Born to Be Blue is set to hit theatres on March 25th, with a VOD release on March 31st.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable