“There was an incident. That’s all I can tell you.” “Not acceptable.” That’s Kendra Ellis-Connor (Kerry Washington), the mother of a missing teenage boy, in American Son.
Based on the acclaimed Broadway play, the film follows her as she struggles to put the pieces together in a South Florida police station. Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan and Eugene Lee reprise their roles alongside Washington in the adaptation, which presents four distinct viewpoints, while also navigating the unique dynamic of an interracial couple trying to raise their son.
Tony award winner Kenny Leon will also return to direct and produce, with Jeffrey Richards and Rebecca Gold serving as producers. The film premieres on Netflix on 1st November. Here’s the trailer:
Netflix to adapt American Son with Broadway director and cast
22nd January 2019
Netflix broke new ground with its release last year of Springsteen on Broadway, a one-man show performed on New York’s iconic theatre avenue. Now, it’s going back to Broadway to adopt American Son, the acclaimed 2018 play from Christopher Demos-Brown.
The play centres on interracial parents who reunite in a Florida police station to search for answers about their missing teenage son. Award-winning cast Kerry Washington, Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan and Eugene Lee started in the hit production and will reprise their roles for the Netflix adaptation.
Tony award winner Kenny Leon will also return to direct and produce, with Jeffrey Richards and Rebecca Gold serving as producers.
Washington and her EVP Development and Production Pilar Savone will also produce under Washington’s banner Simpson Street.
“American Son powerfully explores themes of family, love and identity,” says Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content. “We are honored to work with Kerry Washington, Kenny Leon, Christopher Demos-Brown and the entire cast to bring this story from the Broadway stage to our members around the world.”
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