John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey to star in 'Jackie Brown' prequel
February 2nd, 2012
11:28 AM ET

John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey to star in 'Jackie Brown' prequel

There's a prequel in the works for Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown," but it's not from the acclaimed filmmaker.

Variety reports that writer-director Dan Schechter is working on an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel "The Switch," the predecessor to the novel "Jackie Brown" is based on, "Rum Punch."

According to the industry trade, John Hawkes - who gave a lauded performance in Sundance fave "The Surrogate" - and Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) are attached to star.

The story takes place about 15 years before "Jackie Brown," and Hawkes and Bey will portray younger versions of criminal characters Louis Gara and Ordell Robbie. In "Jackie Brown," Gara was played by Robert De Niro, with Samuel L. Jackson portraying Robbie.

"Switch" follows the outlaw duo as they plot to kidnap the wife of a corrupt Detroit real estate developer, but when the crooked husband doesn't cough up the ransom, the kidnapped wife works with the two to get revenge.

Production on "Switch" is scheduled to start in May.

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  1. Ron31

    It really amazes me how immature people are to talk about someone or something because of skin color. This just proves that eventhough a man of color is our commander and cheif, that racism is never gonna stop. Black folks are people too and should not be presumed anything because of their color. People PLEASE stop this racism

    February 3, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. :"

    I don't think they're really doing it to insult anyone. I think it more to annoy people like yourself (nothing against YOU..just making a point) and the set of pathetic losers that comes on here everyday thinking they're better than everyone else.

    February 2, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. carrieanne

    You people are just too stupid to insult.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mormon

    We dont even worry about poor people or blaks here in Utah the Beautiful. Just listen to Mitts latest speach. Them ol poor people. BAAAAAH. Why should we even worry about them?

    February 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cora LDS

    You are exactly right good Richard. Once my family went on vacation to the city and we saw an actual black person. He had that big light socket afro hair and his pants were hanging off his beehind. He just looked like someone who carries a knife. I hope the law will do something about them before they start spreading everywhere.

    February 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. richard

    This is gonna be a black show. Them blacks are known criminals. I heard they carry switchblade knifes in theit afros.

    February 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |

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