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Writer/Director Joel Edgerton’s Boy Erased Starts Production Today

Joe Alwyn joins the cast of this coming-of-age drama. 

Focus Features 09.08.2017

Boy Erased, the coming-of-age and coming-out drama from writer/director Joel Edgerton, starts filming today in Atlanta, Georgia. Joe Alwyn (The Sense of an Ending, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk) joins the film’s remarkable cast, which includes Academy Award nominee Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), Academy Award winners Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton, Emmy and Tony Award winner Cherry Jones, Grammy Award® winner Michael “Flea” Balzary from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Xavier Dolan, singer/songwriter and YouTube personality Troye Sivan, Emily HinklerJesse LaTouretteDavid Joseph CraigThéodore PellerinMadelyn Cline, and Britton Sear.  

What's it about?

The film, adapted from Garrard Conley's Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family, 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 gay 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. 

Who's making the film?

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 YeldhamAnn Ruark, and Anonymous Content’s Kim Hodgert and Tony Lipp. Josh McLaughlin, Focus president of production, will supervise the project for the company. Conley is helping to ensure the film is an accurate adaption of his memoir, which was first published last year by Penguin Random House, and was issued earlier this year in paperback. 

Edgerton has written the screenplay adaptation; Boy Erased marks his second feature as a director following the sleeper hit The Gift, 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