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Ethan Hawke Talks About Reprising His Role as The Grabber in The Black Phone 2

  • Ethan Hawke is uncertain about what new aspects of his character, The Grabber, he will explore in The Black Phone 2.
  • Hawke has confidence in director Scott Derrickson to guide him and The Grabber in the right direction.
  • The Black Phone 2 is unlikely to delve into The Grabber’s origins, as mystery heightens the effect of the villain.

Ethan Hawke discusses reprising his role as The Grabber in the anticipated horror sequel The Black Phone 2, expressing that he currently has “no idea” what new elements of the character he will explore. In an interview with Screen Rant, Hawke, who portrayed the eerie serial killer in 2021’s The Black Phone, remarks that he enjoys different types of movies and storytelling from various genres, including horror.

Hawke states, “I have no idea what I’m trying to explore with my life. I’m an actor and I really enjoy storytelling in all its — there’s a place for small art film, and there’s a place for a love story, and there’s a place for, ‘Let’s get together and watch a movie at midnight and scare the hell out of each other,’ right?”

Ultimately, Hawke has faith in The Black Phone director Scott Derrickson to guide him and The Grabber in the appropriate direction in the sequel, which is scheduled for release in 2025. He explains, “That director, Scott Derrickson, is really brilliant, and if he asks me to do something, I’ll do it.”

The Black Phone, based on Joe Hill’s short story, follows a boy kidnapped by a mysterious and crazed killer named The Grabber. While held captive, the boy discovers he can communicate with previous victims through an unconnected phone. Fans are left wondering how The Grabber will return, possibly through a supernatural twist.

The sequel is currently in development by Scott Derrickson, with Hawke returning alongside Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, Jeremy Davies, and Miguel Cazarez Mora.

Although specific details about The Black Phone sequel remain scarce, it is improbable that the film will explore The Grabber’s origins. Director Scott Derrickson explains his disinterest in delving into the killer’s past while speaking with DiscussingFilm, stating, “I think that when it comes to sociopathology and true psycho killers, part of what makes them interesting is their otherness and the fact that there is no story that could explain the mystery of what it is that they do.”

Comparing The Grabber to iconic villains such as Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight, Derrickson elaborates on why revealing a villain’s backstory lessens the terror they evoke, saying, “If Hannibal Lecter had a story that said, ‘This is why he became a cannibal and started eating people.’ Suddenly, Hannibal Lecter wouldn’t be that interesting. So when people say they want more, good, I want them to want more. You know, that’s the mystery of this kind of sadistic killer.”

The Black Phone 2 is set for release on June 27, 2025.