Writer-director Andrew Niccol broke through in 1997 with his feature debut Gattaca, a science fiction drama that starred Ethan Hawke as a genetically inferior man forced to masquerade to achieve his dream of space travel. The role continues to be one of the most noteworthy of Hawke’s career, and so it should be little surprise that he and Niccol are looking to reteam for the filmmaker’s next effort.
Deadline reports Niccol is in pre-production on his next feature, an untitled thriller, and Hawkes has entered into talks to star. Should he sign on, Hawke will play a former fighter pilot turned Las Vegas-based drone pilot. Half of his day is spent battling the Taliban via remote control, while the other half is spent arguing with his wife and kids in his suburban home. Amid all this fighting, this pilot begins to wonder if his mission is effectively eradicating terrorists, or just creating more in a vicious cycle without an end. If Hawkes commits to the project, this would be his third collaboration with Niccol, following Gattaca and the 2005 crime-drama Lord of War, in which Hawke co-starred with Nicolas Cage.