‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ actor Hugh Jackman is set to star in a film adaption of the stage play ‘The Son,’ the third in playwright Florian Zeller’s trilogy of family dramas.
The movie version will be produced by Zeller and Christophe Spadone. This is their second collaboration after the Oscar-nominated version of ‘The Father,’ starring Anthony Hopkins. Zeller will direct.
According to Deadline, Jackman will not only star in the film but will also serve as executive producer. The ‘Kate and Leopold’ star will play Peter, the father of the protagonist Nicholas, who is suffering after his parents’ divorce. ‘Jurassic Park’ star Laura Dern also joins the cast as Kate, Peter’s ex-wife.
“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,” Zeller told Deadline. “Both Hugh and Laura naturally convey great warmth, compassion, and vulnerability… inviting our audience to embrace and feel every moment. 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.”
“Having been lucky enough to see ‘The Father’ at Sundance 2019, we knew that Florian was a uniquely talented filmmaker,” Producer Emile Sherman added. “‘The Son’ is a story that needs to be told — a story that rings an alarm. Through examining the human condition and our vulnerabilities, this film will strike a chord with audiences and leave an indelible mark on all who see it.”
‘The Father’ has been nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It previously won two BAFTAs including Best Actor in a Leading Role for Anthony Hopkins.
Playbill reports ‘The Son’ is the third chapter in the series. ‘The Mother’ is the final chapter.
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