Singer Troye Sivan has joined the cast of “Boy Erased”, a film adaptation of a memoir about a teenager’s time in a harmful “gay conversion” program.
Sivan will star alongside fellow Aussie actors Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe in the film, which will be directed by Australian actor-director Joel Egerton.
The film will tell the story of Jared (played by Manchester by the Sea actor Lucas Hedges), the son of a pastor in a small American town.
When Jared is outed to his conservative parents (played by Kidman and Crowe) at age 19, he’s forced to undergo harmful, church-supported “gay conversion” therapy program or face being disowned by his family.
“This movie is gonna be so important and I’m honoured to be part of it,” Sivan wrote on Twitter.
UM I guess cats outta the bag!!!! Guys I’m so shook at this 😭This movie is gonna be so important and I’m honoured to be a part of it 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/nPrJBOsu3o
— troye sivan (@troyesivan) August 30, 2017
The film is based on the 2016 memoir of the same name by American writer Garrard Conley, who recounted the harm he was subjected to as a teenager in one such program.
Conley wrote on his website: “I have worked with many people to ensure that my story and the story of other queer folks who suffered through conversion therapy would not be stereotypical or threadbare.
“Every draft has been sent to me in the first round, and though the draft may change, I believe it will only change for the better. The team is working hard to get this story right.”
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