The first trailer for Joel Edgerton’s new conversion therapy tale, Boy Erased, has been released. It offers a glimpse of Three Billboards’ Lucas Hedges, who also received an Oscar nomination for his performance in Manchester By the Sea, as the protagonist of the film – Edgerton’s follow up to his 2015 debut feature The Gift – which is an adaptation of Garrard Conley’s 2016 memoir of the same name, detailing how he was sent away to be ‘cured’ of his homosexuality by his apparently well-meaning parents.
In the film, his parents are played by Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, while Edgerton himself will make an appearance as the head of the Christianity-infused conversion programme. Troye Sivan will also feature as a fellow inhabitant of the conversion camp. “Tell them whatever they want to hear. Play the part, unless you really think you can change – or even want to,” he tells Hedges’ character.
The film will also feature one of the former Dazed 100 winner’s new songs, “Revelation”, a slow, rousing tune that soundtracks the trailer.
Boy Erased isn’t the first film about gay conversion therapy this year. Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post will arrive in cinemas on August 3, featuring Chloë Grace Moretz and Sasha Lane in a story based on the super popular Emily M. Danforth’s 2012 YA novel. Hopefully this signals a growing acknowledgement of the practice, which has also recently been discussed in British government.
Watch the trailer below. Boy Erased will hit cinemas November 2