Jackie Brown Prequel a Go, To Star John Hawkes

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Although Quentin Tarantino will not be involved, a prequel to his film Jackie Brown is in the works. The film is called Switch, and it is on its way. The film will be based on the Elmore Leonard novel of the same name. Leonard crafted the Jackie Brown prequel and the source material is unmatched as the novelist is a wizard with words.

John Hawkes Picture

The Switch landscape is 15 years prior to that of Rum Punch (the novel that Jackie Brown was based on). The film follows Louis Gara, the career criminal played by Robert De Niro in the Tarantino film.

The casting of John Hawkes as Gara is the stuff of brilliance. Is it us, or could he easily pass for a younger De Niro?

The Samuel L. Jackson character of Ordell Robbie will also be in the prequel, and casting of that role has gone to Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def.

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Jackie Brown Quotes

Ordell Robbie: Damn girl, you gettin' high already? It's only 2 o'clock in the afternoon. I get my shit done for the day, then I get high. And besides, getting high and watching TV will rob you of your ambition!
Melanie: Not if your ambition is to get high and watch TV...

Ordell Robbie: I got this young nineteen year old country girl named Sheronda. I found her on a bus stop two days outta Georgia, barefoot, country as a chicken coop. I took her to my place in Compton, told her it was Hollywood.
Louis: She believed you?
Ordell Robbie: Hell yeah! To her dumb country ass, Compton is Hollywood; closest she's ever been anyway.