The film, directed by Joel Edgerton—better known from on-screen appearances in The Great Gatsby and Loving—stars Oscar winner Russell Crowe, Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, and Manchester by the Sea Oscar-nominated breakout Lucas Hedges. Also joining the cast are Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Michael “Flea” Balzary and Xavier Dolan. Edgerton will also write and star in the film.
Jones made her Broadway debut in 1987’s Stepping Out and has since been on Broadway in Macbeth, Our Country’s Good, Angels in America, The Heiress, The Night of the Iguana, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Major Barbara, Imaginary Friends, Doubt, Faith Healer, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, and, most recently, the 2013 revival of The Glass Menagerie. She earned her first Tony nomination in 1991 for Our Country’s Good and won her first Tony and Drama Desk in 1995 for The Heiress. Nominated again in 2000 for A Moon for the Misbegotten, she won the 2005 Drama Desk and Tony Award for Doubt. Jones earned another Tony nomination in 2014 for The Glass Menagerie for her role as the iconic Amanda Wingfield.
The film from Focus Features is based on the book Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family by Garrard Conley, who will consult on the film.
The cast also includes Troye Sivan, Emily Hinkler, Jesse LaTourette, David Joseph Craig, Théodore Pellerin, and Britton Sear.
Scheduled for a 2018 release, the movie chronicles the story of the 19-year-old son of a Baptist pastor, Jared (Hedges), outed by his parents (Kidman and Crowe). His parents mandate that he attend gay conversion therapy or be exiled by his family, friends, and faith. Hedges recently made his Off-Broadway debut in Yen at MCC Theater.