Troye Sivan has joined the star-studded cast of this coming-out drama
Troye Sivan, Nicole Kidman, Russel Crowe, Xavier Dolan and Flea from Red Hot Chilli Peppers walk into a bar, what do you get? The cast for the upcoming film Boy Erased apparently. Sivan, the Australian Youtuber-turned-pop star and Flea, are the latest additions to join the seemingly random, yet star studded cast.
Between the cast and crew, who also include Cherry Jones and Lucas Hedges, you will find, two Oscars, dozens of Golden Globe and Academy award nominations, two Tony Awards, a Grammy and a Teen Choice award.
Boy Erased is directed by fellow Aussie Joel Edgerten, who coming off the back of a recent Golden Gobe nomination, also wrote the script. The film is based off Garrard Conley's Memoir, Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family detailing Conley's personal experience coming out as gay to his conservative family, where he was given an ultimatum to either undergo gay conversion therapy, or be abandoned by his family. The focus of the film will be on Conley's initial decision to choose the former.
Hedges will play Garrard Conley, with Kidman and Crowe playing his parents. This will be the first time Kidman and Crowe have shared the screen together despite being long-time friends in the acting world both in Australia and abroad.
It is not clear what roles the other stars will play, however considering Sivan and Donlan are both openly gay, it would not be ludicrous to assume that the two will play other gay characters in Conley's story. Sivan has already conquered the online and music world with his debut album Blue Neighbourhood. The millennial has also dipped his toes into acting, starring in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and th Spud Trillogy.
The most surprising addition to the cast is Red Hot Chilli Peppers bassist Flea, whose role has also not yet been clarified.
In the current plebiscite-dense climate of Australia, there could not be a better time to bring Conley's story to the big screen. Conversion therapy is a highly controversial practise that aims to change an individual's sexual orientation using psychological and spiritual intervention (although there are no genuinley successful cases of the treatment). While the Australian Clinical Psychology Association has said that he process is harmful to mental health, the practice is still technically legal in Australia.
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