Boy Erased is an upcoming American coming-of-age drama film based on Garrard Conley’s memoir, titled Boy Erased: A Memoir. It is written and directed by Joel Edgerton, who also produces along with Steve Golin and Kerry Kohansky Roberts. The film stars Lucas Hedges, portraying Conley as a young man, as well as Edgerton, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe in supporting roles. The film is scheduled to be released on November 2, 2018, by Focus Features.
Garrard (Lucas Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, is outed to his parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe) as gay at the age of 19. Garrard is quickly pressured into attending a gay conversion therapy program – or else be shunned by his family, friends, and church. It is within the program that Garrard comes into conflict with its head therapist (Joel Edgerton).
On June 8, 2017, it was revealed that a bidding war had begun between Netflix, Annapurna Pictures, Focus Features, and Amazon Studios for distribution rights to a film package that would star Lucas Hedgesand Joel Edgerton, with Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe and be directed and written by Edgerton and based on the provocative memoir titled Boy Erased: A Memoir. On June 21, 2017, it was announced that the bidding war for distribution rights for Boy Erased had boiled down to Netflix and Focus Features and the latter ultimately won the rights.
In the press release, director Joel Edgerton spoke proudly of the project, stating:
I’m excited to work with an ensemble of actors, seasoned and new, to bring Garrard’s story to the screen. I think Focus is the perfect partner on this, and I will always thank Garrard for trusting my passion for his life story. I can’t think of a better reason to get behind the camera again.
In August 2017, the majority of the supporting cast was announced. In September 2017, Joe Alwyn and Madelyn Cline joined the supporting cast as well and principal photography on the film began September 8, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia. In April 2018, re-shoots took place.