BySophie Atkinson, writer at
Sophie Atkinson

's Boyhood might be hitting the cinema earlier than expected. The extremely experimental film has been 11 years in the making so far: Linklater has been working on the movie since 2002, shooting scenes that will record the life of a child from the age of six through to the twelfth grade.

What's amazing is that this will mean cinemagoers will watch the child, played by , actually grow up, with the actors cast as his parents, and – aging as well.

While a few months back, Hawke said there was still two years' work to be done on the film, apparently the Boyhood team will be finishing up much earlier than expected.

'I'm in the second to last episode. They are doing one more in November. It will be at Sundance or Cannes or Berlin or something next year,' he said. 'It's the most truly original, revolutionary thing I've ever been a part of.'

Here's what Hawke had to say about his experience on the film:

'...this is about growing up and the little moments that define our identity that aren't about your bar mitzvah or your first time you had sex. There are these signposts that are supposed to be meaningful -- prom, or something -- that aren't really meaningful. The movie is going to be -- I don't know what people are going to make out of it -- but I do know it's the damned most original thing I've ever been a part of.

In 2002 when it started, the parents are going though a divorce and it opens with the mom -- and you don't see me. And then I come for a weekend visit the next year. The first scene I did was with a 7-year-old boy...and I take this 7-year-old boy bowling -- and I'm chain smoking in a bowling alley, which was legal then. And I finished yesterday and I'm 42 years old -- I was 33 when I did my first scene -- he's 19. He's a grown man! He's got crazy ear rings and he's taller than me and he's intimidating. Just acting in the movie felt like nothing I've ever done.'

Wow. Sounds fantastic - I can't wait to catch this in cinemas, can you?


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