‘American Son’ Trailer: Netflix Film Has Kerry Washington Wanting Answers in a Police Station


Take a look at the trailer released for upcoming Netflix movie American Son.

Based on the Broadway stage play of the same name and featuring the same cast, American Son has Kerry Washington playing the mother of a missing teenage boy who, during one evening in a South Florida police station, attempts to figure out what’s happened to her boy. She must also contend with the questionable demeanor of an officer (Jeremy Jordan) in the station and her son’s father (Steven Pasquale).

It’s an interesting angle on the increasingly familiar story of racism and inequality with US police and the black community, and tackling those issue through the lens of the parents in a police station could be a tense, effective viewpoint. And Washington, who is also one of the film’s producers, looks to be putting in a powerful performance.

American Son, directed by Tony Award-winning Kenny Leon and written by the playwright Christopher Demos-Brown, hits Netflix on November 1.

Official synopsis for American Son:

Based on the acclaimed Broadway play, the Netflix Television Event AMERICAN SON tells the story of Kendra Ellis-Connor (Emmy-nominee Kerry Washington), the mother of a missing teenage boy, as she struggles to put the pieces together in a South Florida police station. Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan and Eugene Lee also reprise their roles in the adaptation which presents four distinct viewpoints, while also navigating the unique dynamic of an interracial couple trying to raise a mixed-race son.

AMERICAN SON by Christopher Demos-Brown is directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon. Washington and Pilar Savone executive produce under Washington’s banner Simpson Street. Jeffrey Richards and Rebecca Gold also serve as executive producers.



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