The critically-acclaimed Broadway play “American Son” is getting a film adaption on Netflix that will feature the return of cast members Kerry Washington, Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan and Eugene Lee, as well as director Kenny Leon.
Washington announced the news during an appearance Monday night on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
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. The film will go into production in February.
Leon, who won a Tony award in 2014 for “A Raisin in the Sun,” will also produce alongside Jeffrey Richards and Rebecca Gold. Washington and her executive vice president of development and production, Pilar Savone, are also producing under Washington’s Simpson Street banner.
“American Son powerfully explores themes of family, love and identity,” Cindy Holland, Netflix’s vice president of original content, said in a statement Monday. “We are honored to work with Kerry Washington, Kenny Leon, Christopher Demos-Brown and the entire cast to bring this story from the Broadway stage to our members around the world.”
17 Top-Grossing Broadway Musicals of All Time, From 'Hamilton' to 'The Lion King' (Photos)
A ranked list of the biggest hits on the Great White Way, as of March 8, 2020 (according to The Broadway League)
17. "Rent" (original production) Opened: April 29, 1996 Closed: Sept. 7, 2008 Gross: $274.2 million
16. "The Producers" Opened: April 19, 2001 Closed: April 22, 2007 Gross: $288.4 million
15. "Mary Poppins" Opened: Nov. 16, 2006 Closed: March 3, 2013 Gross: $294.6 million
14. "Miss Saigon" (original production) Opened: April 11, 1991 Closed: Jan. 28, 2001 Gross: $298.7 million
13. "Kinky Boots" Opened: April 4, 2013 Closed: April 7, 2019 Gross to date: $319.0 million
12. "Les Misérables" (original production) Opened: March 12, 1987 Closed: May 18, 2003 Gross: $406.3 million