Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern have been cast to star opposite each other in an upcoming family drama titled The Son. The movie comes from writer and director Florian Zeller, who helmed the Academy Award-nominated film The Father.
The Son is based on Zeller’s acclaimed stage play, and Jackman takes on the role of Peter, who has a busy life with new partner Emma and their baby. This is all thrown into disarray when his ex-wife Kate (Dern) turns up with their teenage son, Nicholas.
We sense something is amiss from the first moment we meet Nicholas. He is troubled, distant, and angry, playing truant from school for months – both son and mother need his father’s help. Nicholas’s wish is to live with his father for a change.
Peter strives to be a better father, searching to help his son with those intimate and instinctive moments of family happiness – to solve, with understanding, what Nicholas is going through. But the weight of Nicholas’ condition sets the family on a dangerous course. They must do everything they can to maintain the bonds that hold them together.
Zeller said in a statement: “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. 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.”
Producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman said, “Having been lucky enough to see The Father at Sundance 2019 we knew that Florian was a uniquely talented filmmaker. 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.”
Embankment’s Tim Haslam said: “For the audience, ‘The Son’ is visceral, authentic, compelling, and cathartic; intimately close to decisions that many families have to make. ‘The Son’ makes us respond, reconnect with those around us, with the gift of understanding and awareness.”
This sounds like it’s going to be a powerful project for Jackman and Dern to be a part of, and it sounds like the kind of film project that will make use of their great acting abilities.