John Hawkes Hires A “Surrogate”

Oscar nominee John Hawkes (“Winter’s Bone”) is tipped to star in Ben Lewin’s indie drama “Surrogate” for Rhino Films reports Variety.

The story is based on the life of Mark O’Brien, a poet and journalist who spent most of his life with an iron lung as a result of polio.

He decides to explore his sexuality and hires a sex surrogate with whom he soon develops a relationship that changes both of their lives.

Filmmaker Jessica Yu directed a 1996 documentary short film about O’Brien which won her the Oscar for that category. This film isn’t based on that doco though.

Ben Lewin is set to write and direct the film which Stephen Nemeth is producing.