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Jackie Brown Prequel Picks Up John Hawkes and Mos Def

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<i>Jackie Brown</i> Prequel Picks Up John Hawkes and Mos Def

Like a character out of an Elmore Leonard story, director Dan Schechter took a risk and adapted the author’s 1978 novel The Switch into a screenplay on his own, Variety reports. He then sent the screenplay to the author, and now Schechter is helming the big-screen version.

The novel follows crooks Louis Gara and Ordell Robbie in their younger days as they plan to kidnap a developer’s wife. In true Leonard fashion, nothing goes as planned and the criminals have to adapt as best they can.

The book came out well before 1992’s Rum Punch, which featured Louis and Ordell later on in life. Five years later the film was brought to the big screen with the title Jackie Brown with actors Robert DeNiro and Samuel L. Jackson playing our heroes and a guy named Quentin Tarantino directing. Thanks to that, The Switch film is considered a prequel.

Variety also reports that the roles of the younger Louis and Ordell have been filled by John Hawkes, the Oscar-nominated co-star of Winter’s Bone, and Yasiin Bey, better known to the world as rapper and actor Mos Def. They have pretty big shoes to fill, but Hawkes has shown some real acting chops, and Bey certainly has well-earned swagger reminiscent of Jackson.

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