Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne, and Chris O’Dowd to star in Nick Hornby’s Juliet, Naked

Director Jesse Peretz will helm the Judd Apatow-produced adaptation


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    Surprise, surprise: Another all-star cast will assemble for Nick Hornby.

    This time around, it’s Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne, and Chris O’Dowd. The three will bring to life Hornby’s fantastic 2009 novel, Juliet, Naked, joining the ranks of John Cusack, Hugh Grant, Saoirse Ronan, Jimmy Fallon, Drew Barrymore, and many other faces who have starred in past silver screen adaptations of the award-winning author.

    As previously reported, blockbuster comedy mastermind Judd Apatow will produce with Our Idiot Brother director Jesse Peretz helming the picture. Tamara Jenkins (The Savages) and Jim Taylor (Sideways) adapted the novel for the screen with revisions by Phil Alden Robinson and Evgenia Peretz.

    Here’s the book’s official synopsis:

    Annie loves Duncan-or thinks she does. Duncan loves Annie, but then, all of a sudden, he doesn’t. Duncan really loves Tucker Crowe, a reclusive Dylanish singer-songwriter who stopped making music 10 years ago. Annie stops loving Duncan, and starts getting her own life.

    In doing so, she initiates an e-mail correspondence with Tucker, and a connection is forged between two lonely people who are looking for more out of what they’ve got. Tucker’s been languishing (and he’s unnervingly aware of it), living in rural Pennsylvania with what he sees as his one hope for redemption amid a life of emotional and artistic ruin-his young son, Jackson. But then there’s also the new material he’s about to release to the world: an acoustic, stripped-down version of his greatest album, Juliet-entitled, Juliet, Naked.

    What happens when a washed-up musician looks for another chance? And miles away, a restless, childless woman looks for a change? Juliet, Naked is a powerfully engrossing, humblingly humorous novel about music, love, loneliness, and the struggle to live up to one’s promise.


    Hawke will obviously play Tucker Crowe with Byrne and O’Dowd set for Annie and Duncan, respectively. Considering Hawke’s reputation with playing musicians on film — if you missed his turn as Chet Baker in this past Spring’s Born to Be Blue, fix that — this is some stellar bit of casting and we’re very psyched.

    If you’re a music fan, you’ll love this book. Read it before the film!

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