Boy Erased Big Screen Adaptation To Star Nicole Kidman And Russell Crowe

Boy Erased Big Screen Adaptation To Star Nicole Kidman And Russell Crowe

Boy Erased, the memoir by Garrard Conley will be brought to life in theaters by Focus Features, who recently acquired worldwide rights to the coming of age drama. The Boy Erased big screen adaptation will star Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Lucas Hedges and will be directed by Joel Edgerton.

Boy Erased Big Screen Adaptation To Star Nicole Kidman And Russell Crowe

Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to Boy Erased, the coming-of-age and coming-out drama from writer/director Joel Edgerton based on Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family by Garrard Conley. Academy Award nominee Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) will star opposite Academy Award winners Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman. Focus chairman, Peter Kujawski, said the movie will be produced by Anonymous Content and will begin production this fall for a 2018 theatrical release.

The film will tell the story of Jared (to be portrayed by Mr. Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents (Ms. Kidman and Mr. Crowe) at age 19. Jared is quickly pressured into attending a gay conversion therapy program – or else be shunned by his family, friends, and church. It is within the program that Jared comes into conflict with its head therapist (Mr. Edgerton).

“I’m excited to work with an ensemble of actors, seasoned and new, to bring Garrard’s story to the screen. I think Focus is the perfect partner on this, and I will always thank Garrard for trusting my passion for his life story. I can’t think of a better reason to get behind the camera again,” said Mr. Edgerton.

Boy Erased is being produced by Mr. Edgerton and Anonymous Content’s Kerry Kohansky-Roberts and Steve Golin, an Academy Award-winning producer of Best Picture Oscar winner Spotlight. Executive-producing the film are Rebecca Yeldham, Ann Ruark, and Anonymous Content’s Kim Hodgert and Tony Lipp. Josh McLaughlin, recently promoted to Focus president of production, will supervise the project for the company.

Mr. Conley’s book was first published last year by Penguin Random House, and was issued earlier this year in paperback. Mr. Edgerton has written the screenplay adaptation; Boy Erased will be his second feature as director following the sleeper hit The Gift (also produced by Ms. Yeldham), which earned him a Directors Guild of America Award nomination. He was recently a Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award nominee for his performance in Focus’ Loving.

Focus Features was honored in 2012 by Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students of merit, with its Point Inspiration Award, given to a company or organization that champions respect and inclusion of the LGBT community and operates with the vision that investing in today’s potential will produce a brighter tomorrow.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2017, Focus Features has made and released Academy Award-winning LGBT-themed films including Beginners, Dallas Buyers Club, The Danish Girl, Milk, and Brokeback Mountain, the company’s all-time top-grosser.

Mr. Kujawski commented, “Garrard’s story is both timely and timeless, both personal and universal. It is a story which will not only deeply move people, but one that we hope will change outlooks. We are thrilled to work once again with Joel, and with the Anonymous Content team. These filmmakers’ passion for this heart-rending project speaks to all of us at Focus, and to why we make the movies we do.”

About Focus Features

Focus Features acquires and produces specialty films for the global market, and holds a library of iconic movies from fearless filmmakers. Current and upcoming domestic releases from Focus include the real-life story of heroism The Zookeeper’s Wife, directed by Niki Caro and starring Jessica Chastain; Colin Trevorrow’s The Book of Henry, starring Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, and Jacob Tremblay; Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled, winner of the Best Director award at the 2017 Cannes International Film Festival; the breakneck action thriller Atomic Blonde, directed by David Leitch and starring Charlize Theron and James McAvoy; Victoria & Abdul, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Judi Dench as Queen Victoria; Darkest Hour, directed by Joe Wright and starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill; the untitled Entebbe project, a gripping political thriller directed by José Padilha and starring Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl; Jason Reitman’s new comedy Tully, starring Charlize Theron and written by Diablo Cody; and the untitled new film from Paul Thomas Anderson starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

Focus Features is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About Anonymous Content

Founded in 1999 by CEO Steve Golin, Anonymous Content is a leading management and Film, TV, and Commercial production company. Anonymous Content manages the careers of many of the world’s most renowned and innovative directors, writers, actors, and comedians, working closely with them to achieve their goals by both creating and finding opportunities for them, whether in feature films, television, commercials, music videos, or brand integrated content.

Anonymous Content’s clients have been recognized with Academy Awards, Emmys, Golden Globes, Tony Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, and other prestigious awards. The company’s award-winning Film & TV division boasts many commercially successful and critically acclaimed works, including Babel, Winter’s Bone, Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 50 First Dates, Collateral Beauty, The Revenant, and Best Picture Academy Award-winning Spotlight. The company’s TV slate includes True Detective (HBO), The Knick (Cinemax), Mr. Robot (USA Network), Schitt’s Creek (POP), Berlin Station (EPIX), and 13 Reasons Why (Netflix) as well as upcoming titles The Alienist (TNT) and Maniac (Netflix). Through its Commercial work, Anonymous Content is also the driving creative force behind countless top brands, including Prada, Nike, and Coke. In 2016, Anonymous Content received a substantial minority investment from Emerson Collective, the organization founded and run by Laurene Powell Jobs, to allow the firm to expand its production offerings in socially relevant content aimed at inspiring change. For more information, visit

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  1. That sounds like a great movie! I love Russel Crow and Nicole Kidman!! I can’t wait to see it!
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  2. I love Russell Crow and Nicole Kidman! I can’t wait to see this. It sounds great.
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  3. This looks like a very intriguing movie to check out. I am a big fan of unique movies and the actor as well as the actress are very promising too!
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  4. They have picked some wonderful actors to play the different characters. Going to be a very emotional show but something I help many people will watch.
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  5. Ooh this sounds like such a good movie. I’m not familiar with the story of Boy Erased, but I can’t wait to see this movie, what an awesome cast!
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  6. I am very interested in seeing this film. I think the story line is really compelling and the cast is superb.
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  7. I haven’t heard of this yet, but I do like both Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, so I’ll be very interested in seeing this!

  8. I like Nicole Kidman. I haven’t heard of this movie, but it sounds interesting.
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  9. I can’t wait to see this, I love Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe! I just was watching the new Mummy movie that had Russel Crowe this week and was so impressed with how great he was! I hadn’t heard of this before!

  10. Rebecca Swenor says

    The Boy Erased sound like it will be a great movie. It sounds like a great story that can help so many understand what a lot of teens go through. Kudos to Focus Features for their work have done for the LGBT. Congrats on their 15 yrs also. Thanks for sharing this awesome information.

  11. How interesting it really looks like a good movie

  12. This sounds like it is going to be a great movie!! There are so many great movies coming out soon and I can’t wait to see them all!!
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  13. This sounds amazing! I love Focus Feature films and I love the fact they are adapting a lot of great memoirs into films!
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  14. Annemarie LeBlanc says

    I am not familiar with the story of Boy Erased. It good that it will be made into a movie. The producers made a good choice in casting Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman!

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