Vanessa Kirby has joined the cast of the upcoming movie The son. The feature film is director Florian Zeller’s next project after winning an Oscar The father. That particular film earned Anthony Hopkins an Academy Award. For The son, Vanessa Kirby will team up with Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern. Both titles were adaptations by Zeller and Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liasons) of Zeller’s play. In addition to Best Actor, the film also won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.
A synopsis for the film reads: “The son focuses on Peter (Jackman) as his busy life with new partner Emma (Vanessa Kirby) and their baby gets confused when his ex-wife Kate (Dern) shows up with their teenage son Nicholas. The young man is troubled, distant and angry and skips school for months. Peter strives to be a better father and tries to help his son with those intimate and instinctive moments of family happiness. But the weight of Nicholas’ condition is putting the family on a dangerous course.”
Production duties will be performed by Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, whose 2010 film The King’s Speech won Best Picture at the Academy Awards, along with Joanna Laurie of See-Saw Films and Christophe Spadone, who worked with Zeller on The father. Entertainment company Film4 helps with the finances. Production is expected to start in a few weeks.
Zeller praised Kirby as he spoke of her. He explained: “Vanessa Kirby is a great actress to me: intense, inventive and powerful. I am especially happy to take her on this cinematic adventure.”
Laurie brought similar compliments, as well as insight into the theme of the project while discussing the actor. Laurie said that the film, “holds up a mirror to our families and our emotions and we are very excited to add Vanessa to the already extremely talented cast of Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern to bring this story to life.”
Vanessa Kirby has already received a lot of credit for previous roles. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Pieces of a woman. In addition, Kirby was awarded the Volpi Cup for Best Actress for the film for which she received an Oscar nod. A similarly acclaimed performance came when she played Princess Margaret in Netflix series The crown. In that role, she won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress. For those outside the UK, a BAFTA is like the UK version of the Oscars. She has also been part of several blockbuster projects. She was a supporting player in Mission Impossible Fallout, arguably the best entry in the franchise. In addition, she played in The Fast and the Furious spin-off Hobbs and Shaw. As if that wasn’t enough, she won an Ian Charleston Award Award for both Three sisters and Uncle Vanya. Kirby has another upcoming role in Thomas Bidegain’s story written and directed Suddenly. In that project she will perform together with Jake Gyllenhaal.
Outside the domestic cash register, The son is distributed by Cross City Films and Embankment. In the United States, the rights are held by Cross City Films and CAA Media Finance.