New Film “Boy Erased” Tackles Gay Conversion Therapy

Lucas Hedges stars in Boy Erased, based on the 2016 memoir by Garrard Conley

Last Tuesday, Focus Features released the first trailer of the highly-anticipated film Boy Erased. Based on the memoir of the same name by Garrard Conley, the film narrates the story of Jared Sykes who is sent to gay conversion therapy by his religious parents. The film is already earning rave reviews among critics and is on track to gain some Oscar buzz when it releases this November.

American actor Lucas Hedges (Lady Bird, Manchester by the Sea) plays the role of Jared, with Academy Award winners Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman set to portray Jared’s parents— Victor and Nancy. Singer-songwriter Troye Sivan and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers will also be in the movie. Actor Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, The Gift) wrote, directed, and stars in the film.

Take a look at the trailer below:


Author Garrard Conley published his critically acclaimed memoir last 2016. The book recounts his childhood growing up in a fundamentalist family who enrolled him in conversion therapy. Conversion therapy is the controversial practice of trying to change someone’s sexual orientation through psychological or spiritual interventions.

Interestingly enough, Boy Erased isn’t the only 2018 movie that tackles the controversial practice. The British-American film The Miseducation of Cameron Post premiered its trailer last week. The film features Chloe Grace Moretz as a queer teen sent by her aunt to a “treatment center” called God’s Promise.

Boy Erased will be released in theaters on November 2, 2018.

What did you think of the trailer for this upcoming film? Let us know in the comments below.

Words by Monique Pamintuan | Edited by Andrea Lam