Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern are set to star in director Florian Zeller’s follow-up to ‘The Father’, ‘The Son’.
The next from Zeller will focus on adolescent depression. The story follows Peter (Jackman) as his busy life with his new partner Emma and their baby is thrown into disarray when his ex-wife, Kate (Dern), turns up with their troubled and angry teenage son, Nicholas.
Peter strives to be a better father, searching to help his son with 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, and they must do everything they can to maintain the bonds that hold them together.
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“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,” said Zeller. “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.”
The project will be adapted by Zeller and Christopher Hampton from one of Zeller’s own stage plays, part of a trilogy of family-centric dramas that also includes ‘The Mother.’
Zeller originally, just like ‘The Father’, delivered the story onstage in Paris in 2018 before it hit London’s West End in 2019 to rave reviews.
Zeller is coming off two BAFTA wins for the poignant and heartbreaking story of ‘The Father’ which stars both Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman.