A Tale Of Two Boys
Boy Erased and Beautiful Boy. Two vastly different movies with two completely different stories. However besides the different narratives stories, these movie have sooo much in common. They’re both adapted from a bestselling books, both portray two young boys struggles on a personal and emotional levels, both are played by 2 amazing actors and both of these movies are considered Oscar contenders for the upcoming Oscar race.
This post is a tale of two boys, two amazing stories and two very talented actors.
Let’s start with Timothée Chalamet. One year older than his colleague Lucas Hedges, Chalamet is considered one of the most talented young actors of his generation. Like Hedges, Timothee had his first Academy Award nomination before he was 21, but in the different acting category. Chalamet was nominated in the Best leading actor category (for Call me by your name) while Lucas was nominated in the supporting role category (for Manchester by the sea) one year prior.
But let’s not look at the past. Let’s look back at the future, because it’s quite bright for these young boys. They both have upcoming projects that are waiting releases, they both have the word BOY In the title, and they are both based on true stories. Or should I say bestselling memoirs.
Lucas Hedges will present Boy Erased this November. Coming-of-age drama film based on Garrard Conley’s memoir, titled Boy Erased: A Memoir. The film stars Lucas Hedges, portraying Conley as a young man, as well as Edgerton, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe in supporting roles. Boy Erased will depict the story of a Baptist preacher’s son who is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program. The memoir is a recounting of his childhood in a fundamentalist Arkansas family who enrolled him in conversion therapy.
Timothee on the other hand will battle the demons of Nick Cheff in Beautiful Boy. Directed by Felix Van Groeningen, Beautiful Boy chronicles Nick Cheff’s (Timothée Chalamet) meth addiction and recovery through the eyes of a father David (Steve Carell).The movie is based on David Cheff’s memoir Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction and like the title suggests describes how his family dealt with his son Nic’s methamphetamine addiction.
Brad Pitt is credited as one of the producers of Beautiful Boy and like Boy Erased is considered a strong Award season contender, that could bring both of the boys (Timothee and Lucas) their second Oscar nominations. Both of the films portray young boy’s struggles with the inner demons, regardless if its the sexual orientation or the growing drug addiction. It’s a tale of two lost boys divided into two separate movies. I can’t wait for both of them. Check the trailers here.