Laura Dern and Hugh Jackman to Star in Florian Zeller’s ‘The Son’

Using the momentum of his most recent film, The Father, and its plentiful number of prestigious awards nominations and wins to his advantage, Florian Zeller has secured two high-profile leads for his next film, The Son, adapted from his own play.

The Son will see Zeller teaming up again with The Father co-writer Christopher Hampton to pen the script. Additionally, Laura Dern and Hugh Jackman have been cast as the leads.

The Son, in addition to The Father, is an installment in a family-centric trilogy of stage plays by Zeller which also includes The Mother. While The Father painted a picture of the deep-seated confusion and frustration of dementia, The Son will illustrate the complex nature of adolescent depression.

The story centers around Peter (Jackman) whose life with his partner and child is interrupted when his ex-wife, Kate (Dern), arrives with Nicholas, their troubled teenage son.

“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,” said Zeller. “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.”

You can read the full Hollywood Reporter article here:

Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern to Star in ‘The Son,’ Florian Zeller’s Follow-Up to ‘The Father’

The Father may still be in the awards race – a two-time BAFTA winner last weekend and currently up for six Oscars, including best film, best actor for Anthony Hopkins and best supporting actress for Olivia Colman – but writer/director Florian Zeller has wasted no time on capitalizing on his directorial debut’s momentum to get moving on the follow-up.


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