Even though he didn’t wind up being the next Spider-Man, Asa Butterfield still has a chance to swing around the streets of New York City in the upcoming film Ten Thousand Saints. Co-starring Ethan Hawke and Hailee Steinfeld, Ten Thousand Saints looks to explore the New York of the late ’80s and the seductive straight-edge and hardcore scene of the era. While tethering a coming of age story to a subculture can be tricky, I have faith in the directing team of Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini plenty of credit, if only due to my massive affection for their adaptation of Harvey Pekar‘s American Splendor.
Ten Thousand Saints opens in select theaters and VOD on August 14th, 2015.
The official synopsis for Ten Thousand Saints:
Adapted from the novel by Eleanor Henderson, TEN THOUSAND SAINTS is a coming-of-age story about three teenagers in late 1980s New York City — Jude (Asa Butterfield), new to the city from Vermont, “straight-edge” musician Johnny (Emile Hirsch), and troubled, rich uptown girl Eliza (Hailee Steinfeld) — who break away from their messed up parents (Ethan Hawke and Emily Mortimer) to form their own surrogate family. Set in 1988, a time of great cultural upheaval – against the excesses of the decade, the AIDS epidemic and the gentrification of the city culminating in the infamous Tompkins Square Park riots — TEN THOUSAND SAINTS is a nostalgia trip to a bygone era of New York City.