Sony Pictures Classics has finally set the release date for Florian Zeller’s next drama feature, The Son, based on his award-winning stage play of the same name. Starring Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern, the film has now been slated to arrive in theaters on November 11.
Its current theatrical release date will see the film going up against two high-profile competitors in the form of Marvel Studios’ long-awaited Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Steve Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical drama The Fabelmans.
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The Son is directed by Florian Zeller from a screenplay he co-wrote with Oscar winner Christopher Hampton. The original play first opened in London in 2019 and, like his previous stage plays, earned rave reviews. The upcoming film stars Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby, Anthony Hopkins, and Zen McGrath.
“The film centers around Peter, whose busy life with new partner Emma and their baby is thrown into disarray when his ex-wife Kate turns up with their teenage son, Nicholas,” reads the synopsis. “The young man is troubled, distant, and angry, playing truant from school for months. Peter strives to be a better father, searching to help his son with those intimate and instinctive moments of family happiness. But the weight of Nicholas’ condition sets the family on a dangerous course.”
The adaptation will be produced by See-Saw’s Iain Canning and Emile Sherman along with Christophe Spadone, who is reuniting with Zeller after last year’s The Father. The producers are Joanna Laurie and Christophe Spadone.
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Zeller’s feature directorial debut The Father was based on his award-winning 2012 play Le Père and starred Oscar winners Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins. The film has previously won two Oscars out of six nominations, including Best Actor for Hopkins and Best Adapted Screenplay for Zeller and Hampton.