Sony Pictures Classics released the official trailer for its upcoming film, “Novitiate.”
“Novitiate” is the story of Cathleen, a teenager being raised by a non-religious single mother. When Cathleen receives a scholarship to Catholic school, she finds herself caught up in the beauty of her new religious life. She decides to enter the convent as a postulate, and begins training as a nun. But it is the dawn of a new era in Catholicism as a new movement called Vatican II attempts to change the church. While Cathleen moves from postulate to novitiate, she finds herself questioning her faith and commitment. Ultimately, she is caught between the progressive wave and the ultra-traditional Reverend Mother.
Writer and director Margaret Betts won the Breakthrough Director prize when she took “Novitiate” to Sundance earlier this year. Her previous feature work was the documentary “The Carrier.”
The film stars Margaret Qualley as Cathleen. Qualley appeared in last year’s “The Nice Guys,” but is best known for her role as Jill Garvey in “The Leftovers.”
The Reverend Mother is Academy Award winner Melissa Leo. Leo won Best Supporting Actress for her work in “The Fighter” two years after her first nomination for “Frozen River.” She currently has eight films in various stages of production and stars in the Showtime Series “I’m Dying Up Here.”
The cast also includes Liana Liberato (“If I Stay”), Dianna Agron (“Glee”), and Denis O’Hare as the Archbishop. O’Hare is currently in the running for a Primetime Emmy for Guest Actor in the hit series “This Is Us.” He was also nominated twice for his work on “American Horror Story.”
Sony Pictures Classics acquired “Novitiate” at the Sundance Film Festival in January. It was produced by Maven Pictures, which also produced last year’s “American Honey.”
“Novitiate” will be in theaters October 27.