Ethan Hawke Interview: The Black Phone

The Black Phone sees star Ethan Hawke once again teaming up with the dynamic duo behind his 2012 hit Sinister, writer-director Scott Derrickson and co-writer C. Robert Cargill. The newest film, which releases in theaters on June 24, allows Derrickson to return to his horror roots despite parting ways with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Instead, he partnered with Blumhouse Productions for an adaptation of Joe Hill’s 2004 short story, focused on a kidnapped child and a mysterious phone.,Hawke is cast very much against type as a terrifying murderer called the Grabber, who has killed a number of children before abducting Finney Shaw (Mason Thames). But not only does this latest victim begins receiving phone calls from past kids while trapped in the basement, he also has his sister Gwen (Madeleine McGraw) looking out for him. Will supernatural forces and sisterly affection be enough to stop the Grabber in his tracks?,Related: Every Scott Derrickson Movie Up To The Black Phone, Ranked,Screen Rant spoke to Hawke about agreeing to play a villain for the first time thanks to Scott Derrickson, whether Moon Knight‘s Arthur Harrow is dead, and why he hasn’t been in a Star Wars film yet.,Screen Rant: I love seeing you reteaming with the wonderful Scott Derrickson, one of my favorites. What was it like coming back together for The Black Phone?,It’s funny you say that, because I’ve been reading this narrative that you were hesitant to play a villain, and now we’ve seen you do Arthur Harrow and The Grabber back-to-back. Where are you with playing those types of roles now?,The masks are so creepy. ,100%. By the way, do you think Arthur Harrow is dead?,Right?! I feel that way too.,You did this campaign in 2018 to do a Star Wars movie. And I’m just like, “Who at Lucasfilm is denying Ethan Hawke a Star Wars role?” How do we make this happen?,That cannot be true.,I think it’s like, “We’re not going to waste him on just some side character that comes in and out.”,It’s really good, and I’m enjoying Stranger Things too. You must be so proud. ,Thank you so much, Ethan. Such a joy to talk to you as always. ,Finney Shaw is a shy but clever 13-year-old boy who’s being held in a soundproof basement by a sadistic, masked killer. When a disconnected phone on the wall starts to ring, he soon discovers that he can hear the voices of the murderer’s previous victims — and they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.,Check out our other interview with The Black Phone producer Jason Blum.,More: Do Black Phone & Sinister Exist In The Same Universe?