Focus Features shifted around some of their titles last week in order to give them more awards-friendly releases. One of those films, Mimi Leder‘s “On the Basis of Sex” released its first trailer on Monday. Today, we get a trailer for the other film that shifted dates. “Boy Erased” comes to Focus Features from director Joel Edgerton and features a lead performance from Lucas Hedges.
The IMDB synopsis of the movie is as follows:
The son of a baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program.
The film is based on the memoir by Garrad Conley. Edgerton wrote the screenplay and will play a character in the film. The story revolves around Conley’s time in a conversion program. While in the program, Conley experienced physical and mental distress in the program. Conley’s parents will be played by Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe.
The actors brought together are all top-tier performers. Kidman looks like she is continuing her excellent work off of “Lion” and “Big Little Lies.” The actress is a powerhouse, and could easily contend even if the film has issues. However, Hedges looks like he’ll be giving very strong work as well. The two of them have baity roles and depending on the amount of screentime Crowe or Edgerton, they could contend as well. Given Edgerton’s skill as a director with “The Gift” as a writer/director, he has shown strong potential there. With the shifting talent, Focus gifted “Boy Erased” with a prime release date. “Boy Erased” may become one of the top contenders this Fall during awards season.