Kerry Washington’s Broadway Play ‘American Son’ Set for Film Adaptation From Netflix

Filming to begin in February

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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.”