The story will see Hawke as a former military chaplain who is grieving the loss of his son, a soldier killed in combat. Turning to a local church for support, he befriends Seyfried's parishioner and her radical environmentalist husband. But things turn sour when he discovers corruption at the house of worship and beyond.
"First Reformed is a script I've been moving toward for almost fifty years," says Schrader, who was at the Toronto International Film Festival last month with his latest film, Dog Eat Dog. "Ethan Hawke's image appeared to me while I was writing and he responded days after reading the script. Now we are delighted to be able to add Amanda Seyfried. These are unique performers with a special charisma."
Killer Films are producing the movie and Arclight have stumped up the financing.
Hawke can currently be seen on our screens in Antoine Fuqua's (The Equalizer) The Magnificent Seven. Seyfried has a role in the new Twin Peaks, which is set to hit TV screens next year. Dog Eat Dog, meanwhile, arrives in cinemas 11 November.