In addition to playing American abolitionist John Brown, Hawke is co-writing the script of the TV adaptation of James McBride’s novel.

Ethan Hawke has signed on to star as American abolitionist John Brown in a TV series based on James McBride’s novel “The Good Lord Bird”.

The “Training Day” star is co-writing the script with Fear of the Walking Dead’s Mark Richard, and he will also serve as an executive producer.

The limited series will centre upon a young slave who disguises himself as a girl and joins with Brown to participate in the 1859 raid at Harpers Ferry’s army depot in West Virginia.

Brown was trying to start a slave revolt, but his efforts failed. However, his efforts are believed to have helped launch the American Civil War between the northern and southern states and bring slavery to an end.