Coinciding with the announcement that it will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Netflix has unveiled the first images of American Son, the adaptation of Christopher Demos-Brown’s Broadway play.
The Broadway play’s star, Kerry Washington, returns to star and produce, and Kenny Leon directs and produces. Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan, and Eugene Lee also reprise their roles.
The project is not a typical film adaptation of a play. It was taped during a special reassembling of the play and is described by Netflix as a “television event.” When Washington revealed the news earlier this year, she described the project as a “movie-play hybrid.”
Netflix says, “Based on the acclaimed Broadway play, the Netflix Television Event American Son tells the story of Kendra Ellis-Connor (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.”
Washington and Pilar Savone executive produce under Washington’s banner Simpson Street. Jeffrey Richards and Rebecca Gold also serve as executive producers.
Shonda Rhimes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gabrielle Union, Nnamdi Asomugha and Steve Stoute produced the Broadway play.