Focus Features has released the second trailer for the dramatic film, Boy Erased. The new two and a half minute trailer shows Lucas Hedges as Jared Eamons as he’s sent to conversion therapy following his admission to his parents that he’s gay. In addition to showing off new scenes from the film, the trailer includes a link to http://www.stoperasing.com, an organization dedicated to helping the 77,000 people being held in conversion therapy centers in the United States.
In addition to Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), the cast of Boy Erased includes Oscar winners Nicole Kidman (The Hours) and Russell Crowe (Gladiator). Alliance of Women Film Journalists nominee Joel Edgerton (Loving), Emmy Award winner Cherry Jones (24), Grammy Award winner Michael “Flea” Balzary of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother), Troye Sivan, 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 (Vice Principals) are also featured in what’s expected to be a major player come awards season.
Joel Edgerton adapted Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith and Family by Garrard Conley for the screen and directed. Edgerton made his feature film directorial debut with 2015’s The Gift which earned him a Directors Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Feature Film.
Edgerton also produced Boy Erased with Steve Golin and Kerry Kohansky-Roberts.
Focus Features will release Boy Erased in select theaters on November 2, 2018.
The film tells the courageous story of Jared Eamons (Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who must overcome the fallout of being outed to his parents (Kidman and Crowe). His parents struggle with reconciling their love for their son with their beliefs. Fearing a loss of family, friends, and community, Jared is pressured into attending a conversion therapy program. While there, Jared comes into conflict with its leader (Edgerton) and begins his journey to finding his own voice and accepting his true self.