This fall, American Son will join the ranks of Broadway’s stage-to-screen adaptations.
Netflix has officially announced the release of Christopher Demos-Brown’s American Son on November 1, 2019, following its September 12 premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Star Kerry Washington had mentioned the Netflix plans in January, though a date had not been set at the time.
“American Son powerfully explores themes of family, love and identity,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content, in a January statement. “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.”
This version will look like a traditional movie, not a filmed stage performance. American Son originally ran on Broadway October 6-January 27, 2019, starring Washington, Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan, and Eugene Lee, all of whom will reprise their roles under the direction of Atlanta’s Kenny Leon who also directed the play’s Broadway debut.
Check out the first images from the film, courtesy of Netflix!
About American Son
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. American Son by Christopher Demos-Brown is directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon. Washington and Pilar Savone executive produce under Washington’s banner Simpson Street. Jeffrey Richards and Rebecca Gold also serve as executive producers.