Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman are to play in a new drama about ‘gay cure therapy’

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Actor-director Joel Edgerton is busy putting plans into place for his next project, Boy Erased based on the life of Garrard Conley, a gay man forced to undergo so-called conversion therapy. Lucas Hedges, last seen in the Oscar-winning Manchester By The Sea, will star in the film, Deadline reports.2016 memoir Boy Erased recounts Conley’s childhood in a fundamentalist Arkansas family and how he was persuaded to undergo the program aimed to ‘change’ him and ‘cure’ from being gay. The son of a Baptist pastor, he was warned that he would lose his family unless he agreed, aged 19, to attend the conversion therapy camp. Such practices have been widely discounted by psychotherapy organizations and outlawed in certain American states. Australian-born Edgerton is best known for his roles in movies such as Animal Kingdom, Black Mass, Warriors and The great Gatsby. He made his directorial debut with The Gift in 2015 and has penned the screenplay for Boy Erased and wants Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman, who are also Australians, to play his mom and dad. Lucas Hedges, 21, has appeared in Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel. He was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role opposite Casey Affleck in 2016’s Manchester By The Sea

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