Ethan Hawke Directing Blaze Foley Biopic

Actor Ethan Hawke is stepping behind the camera again to direct a biopic about singer/songwriter Blaze Foley.

The Training Day star has begun production on Blaze, which will be based on Sybil Rosen’s book Living In The Woods.

Hawke wrote the script with Rosen, who once dated Foley, and shooting is underway in Louisiana and Mississippi.

“I’ve loved Blaze’s music for a long while and like many have been moved by the events of his life, but after reading Sybil Rosen’s beautiful memoir, this project became a priority,” Hawke says. “Now we hope to bring his heartbreaking story and musical brilliance to a much larger audience.”

Ben Dickey plays the titular role, while Alia Shawkat portrays Rosen, who also has a role in the film – as her own mother.

Charlie Sexton is also attacked as country rocker Townes Van Zant.

Foley passed away in 1989.

Hawke, who is also a producer on his latest film project, previously directed Chelsea Walls and The Hottest State.