8/31/2017

Xavier Dolan, Flea, And More Join Joel Edgerton's 'Boy Erased'


Joel Edgerton is pulling out all of the stops for his follow-up to 2015's The Gift. Already he's cast rising star and recent Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges, plus Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Russell for Boy Erased, and now the supporting cast is shaping up to be pretty impressive.

Actor/director/wunderkind Xavier Dolan will step in front of the camera for a rare performance, joined by Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, screen and stage veteran Cherry Jones, Troye Sivan, Emily Hinkler, Jesse LaTourette, David Joseph Craig, Théodore Pellerin, and Britton Sear. Dolan is the director of films such as Mommy, I Killed My Mother, and the eagerly-anticipated The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, but he hasn't had an on-screen role in anything since 2014's Elephant Song. This would be his biggest part in an American film yet. Flea just had a small role in Edgar Wright's summer hit, Baby Driver.

Boy Erased is based on Garrard Conley's memoir and centers on Jared, the son of a Baptist preacher in a small town who is outed as gay to his parents. He's given an ultimatum to either get gay conversion therapy or be shunned by his family, friends, and faith. Filming begins this fall and clearly Focus Features has next year's awards season in mind.