Florian Zeller’s ‘The Son’ Adds Vanessa Kirby to the Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern Film

In 2020, filmmaker Florian Zeller wowed critics and audiences alike with her drama The Father – starring Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, and Olivia Williams – which followed an elderly man (Hopkins) who suffers from dementia and slowly loses his grip on reality.

The film was an awards favorite and even won Hopkins an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, beating out the late Chadwick Boseman, whom many assumed was poised to win the award posthumously.

Now, we have learned that Zeller’s next drama The Son has added Vanessa Kirby to the previously announced duo of Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern leading its cast, which is sure to grow in size and interest as the months go by.

The Son focuses on Peter (Jackman) as his busy life with new partner Emma (Kirby) and their baby is thrown into disarray when his ex-wife Kate (Dern) turns up with their teenage son, Nicholas. The young man is is troubled, distant and angry, playing truant from school for months. Peter strives to be a better father, searching to help his son with those intimate and instinctive moments of family happiness. But the weight of Nicholas’ condition sets the family on a dangerous course.

The film will be produced by Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Joanna Laurie, Christophe Spadone and Zeller.

For more information regarding The Son, stay tuned to Awards Radar.


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Written by Caillou Pettis

Caillou Pettis is a professional film critic and has been writing about film for several years across various different publications. Ever since the age of nine, film and the art of filmmaking have been his number one passion. When hes

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