The Son: Hugh Jackman And Laura Dern To Star In Drama From Florian Zeller

Variety is reporting that Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern have signed up to star in Florian Zeller’s follow-up to The Father, the film adaptation of his acclaimed stage play The Son.

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In The Son we follow Peter, who has a busy life with new partner Emma and their baby. This is thrown into disarray when his ex-wife Kate turns up with their teenage son, Nicholas. Peter strives to be a better father, searching to help his son with those intimate and instinctive moments of family happiness to solve, with understanding, what Nicholas is going through. But the weight of Nicholas’ condition sets the family on a dangerous course and they must do everything they can to maintain the bonds that hold them together.

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Hugh Jackman (whose recent credits include Bad Education and Missing Link) will be playing the role of Peter, and Laura Dern (whose recent credits include Marriage Story and Little Women) will be playing the role of Kate.

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Florian Zeller released a statement saying:

The Son is a deeply human story which, I believe, connects us all; I hope audiences will be profoundly moved by this family’s journey. Both Hugh and Laura naturally convey great warmth, compassion, and vulnerability… inviting our audience to embrace and feel every moment. The story is set in a vibrant and very much alive New York, an important character. The movie should make us call family and friends to tell them that they are wholly loved and not alone.

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Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, who are producing the project, also released a statement adding:

Having been lucky enough to see The Father at Sundance, we knew that Florian was a uniquely talented filmmaker. The Son is a story that needs to be told – a story that rings an alarm. Through examining the human condition and our vulnerabilities, this film will strike a chord with audiences and leave an indelible mark on all who see it.

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Embankment’s Tim Haslam, who will be executive producing, added:

For the audience, The Son is visceral, authentic, compelling, and cathartic; intimately close to decisions that many families have to make. The Son makes us respond, reconnect with those around us, with the gift of understanding and awareness.

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Zeller will be adapting the plat alongside Christopher Hampton, who along collaborated with Zeller in adapting The Father. Iain Canning and Emile Sherman will be producing alongside Joanna Laura of See-Saw Films, Christopher Spadone and Florian Zeller. Hugh Jackman will be executive producing alongside Tim Haslam, Simon Gillis of See-Saw Films, Daniel Battsek, Lauren Dark and Ollie Madden of Film4, Philippe Carcassonne of Ciné-@ and Hugo Grumbar of Embankment. Film4 will be co-financing the project.