Theodore Pellerin stars as Xavier€ and Lucas Hedges stars as Jared€ in Joel Edgerton's BOY ERASED, a Focus Features release.
Theodore Pellerin stars as Xavier€ and Lucas Hedges stars as Jared€ in Joel Edgerton's BOY ERASED, a Focus Features release.
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The trailer for eagerly awaited movie Boy Erased by Australian actor, writer and director Joel Edgerton has been released.

Featuring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Troye Sivan and Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased is based on a true story about the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town who is outed at age 19 and sent to face conversion therapy.

Written and Directed by Edgerton, the boy Jared, played by Academy Award nominee Lucas Hedges, is outed to his parents who then give him the ultimatum of attending conversion therapy or be permanently exiled from the family.

Critics have been waiting for the release of this film and it was expected to drop in September but it has now been pushed back firmly into award season and will now be released in early November.

The trailer opens with a voiceover from Crowe as Jared’s father, accompanying images of their family’s small-town, pious lifestyle.

“Jared, I want you to do well,” he says.

“I want you to have a great life. I love you. But we cannot see a way that you can live under this roof if you’re going fundamentally against the grain of our beliefs.”

But Jared cannot lie to his parents — or to himself — any longer.

“I think about men,” he tells them. “I don’t know why, and I’m so sorry.”

Beside themselves, Jared’s father and mother, played by Kidman, enrol their son in a “refugee program” at the local church, run by Edgerton’s character, who is conservative and homophobic.

“You cannot be born a homosexual,” he says to a chapel full of boys like Jared. “This is a lie. It’s a choice.”

The trailer is set to the haunting new single “Revelation” by Troye Sivan in which he wrote and who also features in the film as one of the other boys in the refugee program at the local church.


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