Amazon has released an official trailer for its upcoming film, Beautiful Boy. The true story-based drama is among the potential 2019 awards season contenders that Amazon Studios has slated to open in theaters this fall, along with Mike Leigh's historical drama Peterloo and Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria remake. As it happens, Guadagnino's Call Me By Your Name lead Timothée Chalamet is starring in Beautiful Boy, opposite a cast that includes former The Office costars Steve Carell and Amy Ryan, as well as Maura Tierney (The Affair) and Kaitlyn Dever (Detroit).
Chalamet and Carell star in the film as the real-life father and son duo, Nic and David Sheff. The Sheffs' literary memoirs (Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction and Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines, respectively) were adapted for the screen here by Lion writer Luke Davies, with The Broken Circle Breakdown helmsman Felix Van Groeningen calling the shots. As the subtitles for the Sheffs' published memoirs indicate, Beautiful Boy explores Nic's struggles with a meth addiction that drives him apart from his father, even as David tries to help his ailing son.
Back in May, Amazon released a pair of Beautiful Boy teasers that briefly touch on Nic's addiction issues and how he and his father start finding it difficult to connect, even before Nic begins using drugs. The film's actual trailer dives deeper into this issues, while at the same time exploring other aspects of Nic's coming of age journey in the movie. For more, watch the Beautiful Boy trailer in the space above, then check out the poster below.
Beautiful Boy has gone through a journey of its own since the film rights to the Sheffs' memoirs were first acquired by Paramount Pictures back in 2008. The movie was shot back in (relatively) early 2017, well before Chalamet broke-out as an actor thanks to his roles in the Best Picture nominated Lady Bird and, in particular, Call Me By Your Name. Beautiful Boy's extended editing process (some seven months total) is part of the reason why the film didn't open in theaters in 2017, even though production wrapped over a year ago.
All things considered, however, the delay may benefit the movie in the long run. It gave Groeningen enough time to edit Beautiful Boy the way he wanted, while Chalamet's rising star-power will make it easier for the film to avoid being over-looked when awards season discussions start getting serious. Likewise, the trailer suggests Beautiful Boy could make for a powerful exploration of addiction and emotional alienation that's anchored by strong performances from Carell, Chalamet, and the rest of the film's cast.
Beautiful Boy opens in U.S. theaters this fall on Friday, October 12.
Source: Amazon Studios