Cherry Jones and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea join Nicole Kidman in Joel Edgerton’s Boy Erased
Emmy and Tony Award winner Cherry Jones (Transparent, 24) and Grammy Award winner Michael “Flea” Balzary, from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, have joined the cast of Boy Erased, the coming-of-age and coming-out drama from writer/director Joel Edgerton based on Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family by Garrard Conley, who serves as a consultant on the film. The cast also includes Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother), singer/songwriter and YouTube personality Troye Sivan, as well as Emily Hinkler (Tyler Perry’s Boo 2), Jesse LaTourette (Z Nation), David Joseph Craig (The Gift), Théodore Pellerin (It’s Only the End of the World), and Britton Sear (Unfinished Business, Vice Principals).
The newcomers to Boy Erased join a cast that includes Academy Award nominee Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), Academy Award winners Russell Crowe (Gladiator) and Nicole Kidman (The Hours), and Joel Edgerton (Warrior).
The film will tell the story of Jared (Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents (Kidman/Crowe) at age 19. Jared is quickly pressured into attending a gay conversion therapy program – or else be shunned by his family, friends, and church. It is within the program that Jared comes into conflict with its head therapist (Edgerton).
Boy Erased is being produced by Edgerton and Anonymous Content’s Kerry Kohansky-Roberts and Steve Golin, an Academy Award-winning producer of Best Picture Oscar winner Spotlight. Executive-producing the film are Rebecca Yeldham, Ann Ruark, and Anonymous Content’s Kim Hodgert and Tony Lipp. Josh McLaughlin, recently promoted to Focus president of production, will supervise the project for the company.
The film will be Edgerton’s second feature as director following the sleeper hit The Gift (also produced by Yeldham), which earned him a Directors Guild of America Award nomination. He was recently a Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award nominee for his performance in Focus’ Loving. Boy Erased is looking at a 2018 release.
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