Born to Be Blue

Born to Be Blue

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Born to be Blue starring Ethan Hawke is a re-imagining of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker’s life in the 60’s. When Chet stars in a film about himself, a romance heats up with his costar, the enigmatic Jane (Carmen Ejogo). Production is shelved when Chet’s past comes back to haunt him and it appears he may never play music again but Jane challenges him to mount a musical comeback against all the odds.—Leonard Farlinger



Ethan Hawke

Chet Baker

Carmen Ejogo

Jane / Elaine

Callum Keith Rennie

Dick Bock

Tony Nappo

Officer Reid


According to Ethan Hawke on the ‘WTF Podcast’, he wanted to play Chet Baker going back 15 to 20 years before. Richard Linklater, when approached with Hawke by the idea of a biopic, had his own idea of making a Baker film about a day-in-the-life story about the day before Baker tried heroin for the first time. But because the project couldn’t gain traction, and Hawke’s age not matching up after years of effort of finding a distributor, the idea was dropped.





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