Two years after his disastrous The fathernow brought to us by playwright and director Florian Zeller The son. It’s not a sequel, but it’s probably fair to call it a companion piece, based on another Zeller play, once again adapted for the screen by Christopher Hampton. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, Anthony Hopkins and Vanessa Kirby, and a new trailer has just arrived – check it out below.
According to the official synopsis, The son centers on Peter (Jackman), whose tumultuous life with his infant and new partner Beth (Kirby) is turned upside down when his ex-wife Kate (Dern) shows up with their son Nicholas (McGrath), who is now a teenager. The young man has been absent from school for months and is troubled, distant and angry. Peter tries to take care of Nicholas the way he wishes his own father (Hopkins) had taken care of him while juggling work, his and Beth’s new son, and the offer of his dream position in Washington. However, reaching into the past to right his wrongs, he loses sight of how to keep Nicholas in the present
“The son It is a deeply human story that, I believe, connects us all. I hope that audiences will be deeply moved by this family’s journey,” Zeller said last year. “Both Hugh and Laura naturally convey great warmth, compassion and vulnerability, inviting our audience to embrace and feel every moment. The story takes place in a lively and very lively New York, an important character. The film should make us call family and friends to tell them they are completely loved and not alone.”
William Hope and Hugh Quarsey are also among the cast, and after its international festival run, it will be released in the US in December. There doesn’t seem to be a UK release date yet, although it just played at the London Film Festival.
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