The first teaser trailer for the Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges film “Ben Is Back” has been released.
In the emotionally charged clip, Holly (Roberts) is reunited with her estranged son Ben, played by the Oscar-nominated Hedges, who unexpectedly returns home on the morning of Christmas Eve. The movie takes place over 24 hours as Ben deals with his sobriety, secrets are revealed, and Holly’s love for her son is put to the test.
The film was directed by Lucas’ father, Peter Hedges, who also wrote the script, and features a supporting cast of Courtney B. Vance, Kathryn Newton, and Alexandra Park. Peter previously directed “Dan In Real Life” and “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”.
The younger Hedges had a busy 2017, starring in “Lady Bird” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, both of which received Best Picture nominations, and his schedule isn’t slowing down any time soon. As well as “Ben Is Back”, the 21-year-old actor will also star in Joel Edgerton’s “Boy Erased” and Jonah Hill’s directorial debut “Mid90s”.
Meanwhile, Roberts, herself an Academy Award winner, will star in her first major TV role in Amazon’s “Homecoming”, a psychological thriller based on the podcast by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg. The series is set to premiere on November 2.
“Ben Is Back” will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8 and is scheduled for theatrical release on December 7.