First Look At Nicole Kidman And Russell Crowe In Joel Edgerton's Gay Conversion Drama Boy Erased

The film stars Lucas Hedges as a young man forced to undergo reparative therapy to "pray the gay away".

The trailer for Joel Edgerton's gay conversion therapy drama Boy Erased which stars Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Lucas Hedges.

The film is based on Garrard Conley's memoir of the same name, and stars Hedges as Garrard, the 19-year-old son of a Baptist pastor outed as gay to his conservative, small-town parents (played by Kidman and Crowe).

Given the choice of being disowned or being subjected to gay conversion therapy -- a "cure" to his sexuality -- Garrard takes part in the "refuge program".

Gay conversion therapy is a practice of attempting to overhaul an individual's sexuality attempting to "turn" queer people straight through counselling, psychoanalysis, spiritual guidance and prayer. It has also included electroshock therapy and in the past chemical castration and lobotomies.

There is no scientific or medical evidence to support the use of conversion therapies.

Boy Erased also stars Troye Sivan, with the trailer featuring his original song "Revelation", Xavier Dolan, Joe Alwyn and Cherry Jones.

Dolan uploaded the poster on Instagram writing the experience had been "an incredible opportunity to make friends and learn more about acting, but more than anything, learn how to overcome feelings of guilt and self-loathing".

"We all live with a certain amount of shame, don’t we, and at times the shame seems determined to take control of our agency. I’ve kept myself from doing things, saying things, filming things thinking : what will people think? Or say? Boy Erased has opened my heart and mind on that. One of the producers told me she 'wanted to start a conversation' by making this film. I really hope it happens. I really, really do."

The film is set to release in November in the United States.

Featured image: Focus Features.