‘Back Roads’ Trailer: Alex Pettyfer Directs and Stars with ‘Once Upon a Time’s Jennifer Morrison

Samuel Goldwyn Films has debuted a new trailer for the dramatic film, Back Roads. The movie marks Alex Pettyfer’s directorial debut and is based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Tawni O’Dell. O’Dell and Adrian Lyne wrote the screenplay.

Pettyfer (Elvis & Nixon) pulls double duty starring in the film alongside Once Upon a Time‘s Jennifer Morrison. The cast also includes Oscar nominee Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear), Nicola Peltz (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Robert Patrick (Scorpion), Chiara Aurelia (Gerald’s Game), Hala Finley (Man with a Plan), and June Carryl (Dead Women Walking).

The film had originally been set up back in 2012 and was going to be the first project Adrian Lyne had directed since 2002’s Unfaithful. Andrew Garfield, Jennifer Garner, and Marcia Gay Harden were all attached to the project when Lyne was on board to direct. Lyne – director of Fatal Attraction, Indecent Proposal, and Flashdance – remained involved as an executive producer years later when the film ultimately went into production with Pettyfer as director.

The thriller will be released in theaters and VOD on December 7, 2018.

Back Roads Jennifer Morrison and Alex Pettyfer
Jennifer Morrison and Alex Pettyfer star in ‘Back Roads’ (Photo Courtesy of Samuel Goldwyns Films)

The Back Roads Plot:

After his mother, (Lewis), is imprisoned for killing his abusive father, Harley Altmyer (Pettyfer) is left to care for his three younger sisters in rural Pennsylvania. Harley forgoes his college education, working dead-end jobs to pay the bills and raise his siblings, including his rebellious and promiscuous 16-year-old sister, Amber (Peltz). Scarred by his past, Harley becomes infatuated with Callie Mercer (Morrison) the older married woman who lives nearby. Things take a dangerous turn when they embark on an affair and shocking family secrets soon begin to emerge. As Harley’s life spirals out of control, unspoken truths leading to a devastating conclusion come to the surface and threaten to consume him.