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Trailer for “Boy Erased” suggests a powerful sophomore feature from Joel Edgerton

Continuing on with Trailer Week, we have the best one of the bunch. The Trailer in question is for Boy Erased, the next directorial outing for actor turned filmmaker Joel Edgerton. For this sophomore outing, Edgerton has gone from genre fare to awards bait. With a cast led by Russell Crowe, Lucas Hedges, and Nicole Kidman, he’s certainly got the talent involved. Two of those three have Academy Awards on their mantles, while the other is a newly minted Oscar nominee. Could Edgerton be far behind? The possibility is there. You’ll be able to see the Trailer for Boy Erased shortly, so stick around until the end of this post!

The film is an adaptation of the novel by Garrard Conley. The plot synopsis is as follows for the Focus Features release: ““Boy Erased” tells the story of Jared (Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents (Kidman and Crowe) at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith. Boy Erased is the true story of one young man’s struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity.” Hedges gets a starring vehicle here, while Crowe and Kidman provide essential support, along with Edgerton himself in a pivotal part. Speaking of Edgerton, he adapted the book into screenplay form and obviously directs here, with the rest of the cast including Joe Alwyn, Xavier Dolan, and Flea, among others.

I suspect this movie will be quite a tearjerker. Judging by the Trailer, at least, it should pull at your heartstrings. Some of the dialogue seems a little on the nose, but it all looks to be aiming for the maximum emotional impact. Subtle may not be the key word here, but that’s not the type of flick that Edgerton has opted to make. Frankly, max emotions may bode well for its Oscar possibilities too. Voters might want the maximum when it comes to all that (especially considering that there sounds like a potential Best Original Song nominee in there as well). If nothing else, it could serve the cast well, but more on that in a moment.

As an Academy Award player, Boy Erased has tons of potential. Focus Features is going to go all in on it, with a campaign to match. Look for, at least, efforts in Best Picture, Best Director (for Edgerton), Best Actor (for Hedges), Best Supporting Actor (for Crowe and/or Edgerton), Best Supporting Actress (for Kidman), Best Adapted Screenplay (also for Edgerton), Best Film Editing, and Best Original Song. Aside from Picture, which will tie in with its other successes, if any, the main play here has to be Hedges in Actor. The material should be another showcase for his talents. If that category works out, then it could spread elsewhere. Right now, you have to consider it a pretty solid contender too.

You can see the Boy Erased Trailer next. A release date of November 2nd has been set for the film, so you know there’s awards aspirations here. The movie looks very Oscar friendly, so it’s just a matter of execution. The premise is set to make it a contender, so if Edgerton and company executed, watch out. For now, with a few months to go until the flick presumably plays at a film festival, we just have this Trailer to go on. Luckily, it’s definitely one that makes you want to see more. Give it a look and see what you think…

Here now is the Trailer for Boy Erased:

Stay tuned for much more on Boy Erased as the year progresses!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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