First Hollywood acting role for Dolan
Quebec writer-director-actor Xavier Dolan is going in front of the lens for American writer-directoractor Joel Edgerton’s next film, Boy Erased, according to the entertainment trade paper Variety.
He will be joined by Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Lucas Hedges (who was discovered in Manchester by the Sea), Cherry Jones and Michael “Flea” Blazary of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The film is an adaptation of the book Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith and Family, by Garrand Conley, and is the story of a young gay man (Hedges) facing a tough choice: agree to conversion therapy or be banished from his small town and rejected by his minister father and friends and family. No word on what role Dolan will play.
Edgerton (The Gift), like Dolan has so often done (J’ai tué ma mère, Tom à la ferme), will serve as actor, director and writer of the screen adaptation.
The film appears slated for a 2018 release and is currently in pre-production.
Coming off mixed reviews for his previous film, 2016’s Juste la fin du monde (It’s Only the End of the World), Dolan is awaiting the 2018 release of his star-studded English-language debut, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.