Training Day was an awesome movie and as great as Denzel Washington (who won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance) was, his co-star Ethan Hawke existed right at the center of everything and gave an outstanding performance himself.
Hawke was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for the role of Jake Hoyt, Washington’s new, naive and reluctant partner. And now, with news that CBS will turn Training Day into a series, some noise is being made about bringing Hawke in to reprise his part.
Deadline reports that Hawke has been approached to play Hoyt again as a recurring, supporting character in the series, the pilot for which is set to be helmed by the film’s director, Antoine Fuqua. In one version of the series, set 15 years after the events of the movie, Hawke’s character was to star, with Hoyt older, grizzled and corrupt.
But Hawke, coming off an Oscar nod for last year’s Boyhood, was cool that idea, as per Deadline, so the pilot was reworked to make Hoyt a deputy chief.
The report details Hawke’s interest in making the occasional appearance in the series, a la Bradley Cooper in the TV version of his 2011 film Limitless. But it remains to be seen whether the two sides will be able to come to an agreement.
While they’re at it, maybe they can see if Denzel wants to appear in some sort of flashback or dream sequence as his character, the evil Alonzo Harris. Hawke coming back for the Training Day series would be cool but that would be way cooler.