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Maya Hawke Portrays Flannery O’Connor in First ‘Wildcat’ Still

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Flannery O'Connor Biopic

Biographical films have the knack of captivating viewers, often leaving them positively engrossed. These films portray the stories of significant figures, offering an intimate peek into the challenges they overcame, a sight most viewers find irresistible. Wildcat, a forthcoming biopic, follows in this tradition, and the movie’s first image has been released.

Wildcat intends to unravel the tragically brief yet immensely influential life of Southern writer Flannery O’Connor. The film will explore her early days of struggle as a budding author before she penned several novels, notably A Good Man Is Hard to Find, and Other Stories, often considered her seminal work. Maya Hawke plays the role of O’Connor in Wildcat, and the first released image features the actress in character, examining a piece of paper by her mailbox.

The making of Wildcat opens the door to a unique father-daughter collaboration, with Ethan Hawke directing his daughter in his most recent directorial venture. This marks the first occasion where the Stranger Things star is directed by her father. “Maya has been dedicated to bringing this project to life for years, and we are thrilled for the chance to expose a new cohort of film enthusiasts to Flannery O’Connor’s brilliance,” Hawke expressed at the announcement of the project. “Her work navigates themes vital to all artists — the crossroads of creativity and faith, and the blurred boundaries between imagination and reality.”

Image courtesy of TIFF

‘Wildcat’: Cast, Release Window, Storyline, and All We Know So Far About The Flannery O’Connor Biopic

Flannery O’Connor: A Brief Introduction

Battling lupus for many years, O’Connor was a devout Catholic from Milledgeville, Georgia who earned a coveted invite to the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop. O’Connor’s fame stemmed from her unique short fiction pieces about faith and the American South. Her stories compel readers into profound, sometimes unsettling self-reflection. Although she passed away at 39, her renown has largely grown after her death. However, like her writing, her persona has faced scrutiny recently.

Wildcat, directed by Hawke, is based on a script co-authored by Shelby Gaines. The film features an impressive ensemble including Vincent D’Onofrio, Steve Zahn, and Laura Linney as Flannery’s mother. The biopic is slated to premiere at TIFF this coming September.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Flannery O’Connor Biopic

Who stars in the biopic ‘Wildcat’?

Maya Hawke stars as Southern writer Flannery O’Connor in the biopic ‘Wildcat’. The film also features Vincent D’Onofrio, Steve Zahn, and Laura Linney.

Who is directing ‘Wildcat’?

‘Wildcat’ is directed by Ethan Hawke, marking his latest directorial effort. Notably, this is the first time he has directed his daughter, Maya Hawke, who stars as Flannery O’Connor.

What is the biopic ‘Wildcat’ about?

‘Wildcat’ is a biographical film that explores the life of influential Southern writer Flannery O’Connor, including her struggles as a budding novelist and her later successes, with particular focus on her work ‘A Good Man Is Hard to Find, and Other Stories’.

What is significant about Flannery O’Connor’s work?

Flannery O’Connor’s work navigates critical themes for artists, such as the crossroads of creativity and faith and the blurred boundaries between imagination and reality. Her unique short fiction often prompted profound, sometimes unsettling self-reflection in readers.

When and where does ‘Wildcat’ premiere?

‘Wildcat’ is slated to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September.

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SouthernBell July 25, 2023 - 1:29 am

A southern writer’s life on big screen…about time. Can’t wait to see how they portray the struggles she faced. go Maya!

JohnThompson July 25, 2023 - 1:58 am

woah! Maya Hawke as Flannery O’Connor? sounds intriguing…cant wait to see the movie.

MovieBuff2023 July 25, 2023 - 2:48 am

just checked the first image, Maya looks just like flannery. Hope her acting does the same.

MandyG July 25, 2023 - 5:33 pm

ethan hawke directing his daughter…now thats something to watch out for! Also Laura Linney, just luv her. definitely gonna see this one.

LiteraryGenius89 July 25, 2023 - 7:51 pm

im a big fan of Flannery’s works, hope they do her justice in this biopic…fingers crossed!


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