Focus Features has released the first images from the upcoming film Boy Erased.
The film based on a memoir by Garrad Conley follows his childhood experience of going through a conversion therapy program after being outed to his parents.
The film is directed by, written by, and stars Joel Edgerton (as a preist). On top of that, the film is also staring Manchester by the Sea and Lady Bird star Lucas Hedges, Canadian actor-filmmaker Xavier Dolan, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Troye Sivan, and more.
This film will be Edgerton’s second feature film as director after his 2015 horror film The Gift.
“The film satisfies the dramatic and salacious stuff that interested me, but it also had an emotional resonance to it that I felt didn’t just make it a dark and nihilistic story,” Edgerton told Entertainment Weekly. “Garrard’s story is so full of redemption.”
The film could also be in the cross hairs of awards season due to its dramatic focus on conversion therapy and its September release date. We’ll see if that becomes true.
In the meantime, check out the first stills from the upcoming film down below.