Focus Features’ Boy Erased, the coming-of-age and coming-out drama from writer/director Joel Edgerton, has tapped newcomer Madelyn Cline to join the cast, which includes Lucas Hedges, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, and Edgerton. Based on Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family by Garrard Conley, the pic follows Jared (Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents (Kidman and Crowe) and is faced with an ultimatum: attend a gay conversion therapy program or be permanently exiled by his family, friends and faith. Cline will play Chloe, a heterosexual cheerleader from a strict Baptist family who is Jared’s girlfriend while he is still discovering his sexual orientation. Edgerton is producing the project along with Anonymous Content’s Kerry Kohansky-Roberts and Steve Golin; Rebecca Yeldham, Ann Ruark, and Anonymous’ Kim Hodgert and Tony Lipp are exec producing. Josh McLaughlin will supervise the project for the studio. Cline, whose credits include Stranger Things, The Originals and Vice Principals, is repped by Bold Management and Production and Bold Talent Agency.
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