“Boy Erased: A Memoir” (left) and Garrard Conley (right)

Gay Conversion Therapy Memoir “Boy Erased” To Be Adapted Into A Film By Joel Edgerton

After helming the 2015 sleeper hit The Gift, Joel Edgerton is going to head back to the director’s chair with the LGBT-centered drama Boy Erased.

Boy Erased is based on a memoir by Garrard Conley who wrote about his time at Love In Action, a program that attempts to deprogram LGBT people. Conley was the son of a Baptist pastor in an Arkansas town and outed to his parents at age 19. He was then forced to attend the conversion therapy program that aims to “cure” homosexuality. Even though he entered the program and endured its brutal Twelve Step program, he still left embracing his true self. Academy Award nominee Lucas Hedges will play Conley and Edgerton, who also wrote the script, will co-star as the head of the program.

According to Deadline, Amazon, Netflix, Focus, and Annapurna are in a hot bidding war over the distribution rights and Edgerton is apparently courting Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman to play Conley’s parents.

I am interested based on the talent and think it is important that a story like this is being told. Even if I personally would love to see some openly gay talent behind and/or in front of the camera, I’m grateful that this film is being made in the first place and I do give Joel Edgerton credit for deciding to pull his weight behind it by writing, directing, and starring.

I think now more than ever, we need more films about LGBTQ people finding the courage to be themselves. Not just because we live in a dark age where we have a Vice President that supports conversion therapy. But also, we don’t want to make the success of Moonlight, which is the first gay-themed film to win the Oscar for Best Picture about a boy finding the courage to be himself, feel anomalous. So this is a story that needs to be told.

I’m also excited to see Lucas Hedges as the lead. I think his Oscar nominated performance in Manchester By The Sea showed a lot of star promise with his mixture of gleaming charisma and raw emotional depth. I’d be curious to see how his first outing as a leading man will turn out and whether he can capitalize on his early promise.

If Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman are cast, I’m all for it. Crowe is a tremendous talent and I’d love to see the Kidmanaissance continue because Nicole Kidman has been on a roll lately. She just got an Oscar nomination for Lion, she’s enjoying Emmy buzz for Big Little Lies, she’s going to be in Aquaman, and she’ll be in both The Beguiled and Killing Of A Sacred Deer later this year which had their premieres at Cannes. She is just killing it.

Production is slated to take place in the fall.

What do you guys think? Are you interested in this project as well? Please be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading!
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