Joel Edgerton marks his second feature film as director with Boy Erased, an emotional-looking drama starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe.
Based on the memoir by Garrard Conley, the film tells the story of Jared (Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor (Crowe) in a small US town. When he is outed to his parents (Kidman plays his mother), Jared is sent to a conversion therapy program to be “saved.” Edgerton plays one of the leaders in charge of the program.
The Gift showcased Edgerton’s skills as a director and screenwriter, and he looks to be firing on all cylinders here. Boy Erased looks like it packs an emotional wallop, with a fantastic cast and a story that needs to be told. Don’t be surprised if that Oscar buzz starts really building for this one in the next few months.
Boy Erased will be opening in US cinemas on November 2. No Australian release date has been confirmed as yet.
Official synopsis for Boy Erased:
Academy Award® nominee Lucas Hedges (Manchester By the Sea) stars alongside Academy Award® winners Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”, The Hours) and Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind) in Anonymous Content’s BOY ERASED. Joel Edgerton (The Gift, Loving) directs, writes, produces and co-stars in the emotional coming-of-age and coming out drama about a young man’s journey to self-acceptance.
BOY ERASED tells the story of Jared (Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents (Kidman and Crowe) at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith. Boy Erased is the true story of one young man’s struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity.