‘The Son’: Hugh Jackman And Laura Dern To Star In Florian Zeller’s Followup To ‘The Father’

For first-time director Florian Zeller, adapting his stageplay into the Oscar-nominated drama The Father obviously paid off, both for him and the two lead actors. So for Zeller’s next film, it must’ve been a pretty easy decision to pull from his own work again, and with two more incredible stars on board.

Deadline reports Zeller will direct an adaptation of his play The Son, and he’s already lined up Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern to star. That’s a pretty good way to start.  The story, which sounds like it could’ve been a spinoff of The Father just based on the title, centers on a man who is enjoying life with his new wife and son, only for his ex-wife to return with their troubled teenage boy, throwing life into chaos.

You don’t need me to tell you who Jackson and Dern are. Both are incredible actors, two of the best in the world. I wasn’t as high on The Father as some others were but the performances Zeller got from his cast were extraordinary. Looks like we can expect more of the same from The Son.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.