Jackman is represented by WME and Lou Coulson Associates. Zeller is repped by CAA.
Oscar winners Iain Canning and Emile Sherman (The Kings Speech), and Joanna Laurie of See-Saw Films, produce with Christophe Spadone (The Father) together with Zeller. Film4 are co-financing production.
Adapted by Zeller and Oscar-winner Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons), from Zellers well-known stage play, The Son focuses on Peter (Jackman) as his hectic life with brand-new partner Emma and their baby is tossed into disarray when his ex-wife Kate (Dern) turns up with their teenage boy, Nicholas. Peter makes every effort to be a much better daddy, searching to help his child with those intimate and instinctive moments of family joy. Writer-director Zeller said: “The Son is a deeply human story which, I believe, links us all; I hope audiences will be profoundly moved by this familys journey. Zeller is repped by CAA.
Writer-director Zeller said: “The Son is a deeply human story which, I think, links us all; I hope audiences will be exceptionally moved by this familys journey. Both Hugh and Laura naturally communicate excellent heat, empathy, and vulnerability … welcoming our audience to feel every moment and accept.
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Zeller is delighting in recognition for his debut film The Father, launched in the U.S. by Sony Pictures Classics in February. The film, starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman, has won two BAFTAs and is nominated for 6 Oscars consisting of Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Production Design, Leading Actor and Supporting Actress.
See-Saws Canning and Sherman commented: “Having been fortunate enough to see The Father at Sundance 2019, we understood that Florian was a distinctively skilled filmmaker. The Son is a story that needs to be told– a story that sounds an alarm. Through taking a look at the human condition and our vulnerabilities, this film will strike a chord with audiences and leave an indelible mark on all who see it.”
Cross City Films and Embankment are releasing global sales, with Cross City Films and CAA Media Finance co-representing U.S. rights.
Adjusted by Zeller and Oscar-winner Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons), from Zellers well-known stage play, The Son focuses on Peter (Jackman) as his busy life with brand-new partner Emma and their child is tossed into chaos when his ex-wife Kate (Dern) turns up with their teenage boy, Nicholas. Peter strives to be a much better father, browsing to help his son with those instinctive and intimate minutes of household happiness.
Executive producers are Jackman, Simon Gillis for See-Saw Films, Daniel Battsek, Lauren Dark and Ollie Madden for Film4, Philippe Carcassonne for Ciné-@ and Tim Haslam and Hugo Grumbar for Embankment.
Oscar candidate Hugh Jackman and Oscar winner Laura Dern have actually been set to star in blue-chip feature drama The Son, writer-director Florian Zellers follow-up to his Oscar-nominated motion picture The Dad.