Boy Erased is a 2018 American coming-of-age drama film based on Garrard Conley’s 2016 memoir of the same name. It is written for the screen and directed by Joel Edgerton, who also produces with Kerry Kohansky Roberts and Steve Golin. The film stars Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Edgerton, and follows the son of Baptist parents who is forced to take part in a gay conversion therapy program.
The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on September 1, 2018, its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2018, and is scheduled to be released in the United States on November 2, 2018, by Focus Features. Jared Eamons (Lucas Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, is outed to his parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe) as gay at the age of 19. Jared is quickly pressured into attending a gay conversion therapy program – or else be shunned by his family, friends, and church. It is within the program that Jared comes into conflict with its head therapist (Joel Edgerton).
Based on the book Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family by writer Garrard Conley, Edgerton’s adaptation follows Conley’s experiences as a teenthrough the character of Jared Eamons (Hedges), who is outed to his devoutly-religious parents (Kidman and Crowe). Jared’s father is also the pastor of their small Arkansas town, which complicates matters and causes Jared’s parents to send him to a gay conversion therapy program, run by therapist Victor Sykes (Edgerton). Troye Sivan also stars in the film as Gary, a fellow “patient” in the program.