In one of the most tantalising projects to come together for AFM 2020 Online, Ethan Hawke will star for Abel Ferrara in the contemporary thriller Zeros And Ones, which Capstone’s Blue Box International is introducing to buyers today.

CAA Media Finance will jointly represent US rights with Capstone on the project, which Ferrara will direct from his original screenplay.

Ferrara, whose career includes such noted films as King Of New York, Bad Lieutenant, The Addiction, Siberia, Pasolini, and Mary, is gearing up for a production start in Italy later this month.

Hawke, the indie darling who is in high demand and currently shooting The Northman for Robert Eggers, will play JJ (Hawke), an American soldier stationed in a Rome under siege, locked down, and at war.

When the Vatican gets blown up JJ embarks on a journey to find an unknown enemy who threatens the entire world. The cast includes Cristina Chiriac (Siberia, Tommaso) and Phil Neilson (Siberia, Ben-Hur).

Producing Zeros And Ones are Diana Phillips (Bad Lieutenant, Siberia, Alfie) of Rimsky Productions, and Philipp Kreuzer (Guns Akimbo, The Happy Prince, Run & Jump) from Maze Pictures. Danny Chan of Almost Never Films will serve as executive producer alongside Brent Guttman and Don Young.

The cinematographer is Sean Price Williams, who most recently worked on Good Time by Benny and Josh Safdie.

Zeros And Ones is a film of lockdown and war, danger and espionage, American soldiers, Chinese middlemen, Mid Eastern holy men, provocateurs, diplomats, rogue elements of the CIA and KGB,” said Ferrara.

“I cannot wait to roll the cameras next week in a way that is safe because this film was written during and with an understanding of the pandemic.”

“Buyers are hungry for compelling and original storylines in the hands of master filmmakers and Zeroes And Ones ticks all the right boxes,” said Capstone founder and head Christian Mercuri.

“Coupled with world-class production values and locations that includes the eerie backdrop of present-day Rome, which has a feeling of Paris at the end of WW2, this film is a package not to be missed.”

Hawke’s credits include Dead Poets Society, Training Day, Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy, and First Reformed