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Toronto: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried Team on Paul Schrader’s ‘First Reformed’

Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried will star in “First Reformed,” a new thriller from “Raging Bull’s” Paul Schrader.

Arclight Films and Killer Films are teaming on the picture out of the Toronto International Film Festival. The picture overflows with institutional intrigue and shadowy corporate forces. It follows an ex-military chaplain (Hawke), who is wrecked by grief over the death of his son. Seyfried plays a member of his church whose husband, a radical environmentalist, commits suicide, setting the plot in motion.

Schrader who wrote “Taxi Driver” and directed “American Gigolo” and “Affliction,” most recently helmed “Dog East Dog.”

Hawke appeared in “The Magnificent Seven,” which kicked off this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. His other credits include “Boyhood” and “Training Day.” Seyfried’s work includes the HBO series “Big Love” and the films “Dear John” and “Mama Mia.”

Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa of Killer Films are producing, along with Gary Hamilton and executive producer Brian Beckmann.

Ethan Hawke is represented by CAA, MBMT Entertainment and attorney George Sheanshang. Amanda Seyfried is represented by Innovative and attorney Mike Williams.

Arclight Films will finance the film and handle global rights. Buyers will get a crack on nabbing territories at Toronto. Financing was also arranged by David Gonzales of Northside, which represents Schrader with Johnnie Planco of Parseghian Planco.

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