Netflix Adaptation of Kerry Washington’s Broadway Play ‘American Son’ to Premiere at Toronto Film Festival

Film will launch Nov. 1 on streaming service

Last Updated: August 14, 2019 @ 7:26 PM

Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of the critically-acclaimed, Kerry Washington-led Broadway play “American Son” will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September, the streaming service said Tuesday. The movie will then launch Nov. 1 on Netflix, following its debut at TIFF.

Washington executive produces and stars in the project, along with her original Broadway co-stars Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan and Eugene Lee. Kenny Leon returns as director.

Written by Christopher Demos-Brown, “American Son” tells the story of two interracial parents who reunite in a Florida police station seeking answers about their missing teenage son.

Here’s the official synopsis for the movie, which was ordered at Netflix in January.

Based on the acclaimed Broadway play, the Netflix Television Event “American Son” tells the story of Kendra Ellis-Connor (Emmy-nominee Kerry Washington), the mother of a missing teenage boy, as she struggles to put the pieces together in a South Florida police station. Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan and Eugene Lee also reprise their roles in the adaptation which presents four distinct viewpoints, while also navigating the unique dynamic of an interracial couple trying to raise a mixed-race son.

Leon, who won a Tony award in 2014 for “A Raisin in the Sun,” will also executive produce alongside Jeffrey Richards and Rebecca Gold. Washington and her executive vice president of development and production, Pilar Savone, are also executive producing under Washington’s Simpson Street banner.

See first-look images from Netflix’s “American Son” below.

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