Director Florian Zeller is prepped to receive acknowledgment at this year’s Oscars for his directorial debut The Father. However, the filmmaker is wasting no time in getting his next project up and running in the meantime. As first reported by Deadline, Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern are set to co-headline the upcoming drama from Zeller.
The film, titled The Son, is based on Zeller’s acclaimed stage play with the same name. Zeller will direct the film and adapt the screenplay alongside Oscar winner Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons). Additionally, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman (The King’s Speech) are on board to executive produce the project as well. Moreover, Hugh Jackman will serve as an executive producer via his See-Saw Films banner.
The Son tells the story of the busy life and times of Peter, portrayed by Hugh Jackman. Peter’s new life with his new partner, Emma, and their new baby hits a roadblock when his estranged ex-wife Kate, portrayed by Laura Dern, shows up unexpectedly with their troubled teenage son Nicholas. Distant and angry, Nicholas cares not for school or his future. However, determined to become a better father, Peter vows to help his son and provide some semblance of happiness.
Hugh Jackman continues to expand his film career following almost 20 years as the personification of Wolverine in the X-Men film series. Recent musical and dramatic turns in The Greatest Showman and Bad Education remind viewers how versatile he is as a performer. Up next, Jackman will appear alongside Rebecca Ferguson and Thandiwe Newton in Reminiscence. Meanwhile, Laura Dern is a recent stalwart of awards seasons thanks for incredible roles in A Marriage Story, Big Little Lies, and Little Women. Up next, The Last Jedi star will reprise her role as Dr. Ellie Sattler in Jurassic World: Dominion.
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