Wonder actor Jacob Tremblay will star in Universal's R-rated comedy Good Boys. Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky of The Office wrote the movie's script and will also direct. The story, described as being in the vein of Superbad, follows four 12-year-olds as they skip school for a day of comedic adventure.
Young budding star Tremblay was just 7-years-old when he acted in Room, playing a 5-year-old boy living in a small space with his kidnapped mother, played by Brie Larson. The film proved to be both Larson's break-out and Tremblay's. Last year, Tremblay impressed again playing Auggie in the surprise hit Wonder. On the other side of the success spectrum, he also starred opposite Naomi Watts in the universally derided Colin Trevorrow bomb The Book of Henry.
As reported by Variety, Jacob Tremblay has lined up his next role, playing a 12-year-old going on a coming-of-age adventure with his friends in the comedy Good Boys. Fans of the actor may have to prepare themselves to hear swear words coming from his prepubescent mouth, as the film carries an R rating. Production on the film will begin in July. Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver produce for Point Grey, with Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane as executive producer.
Good Boys marks the fourth upcoming project announced for Tremblay as he continues to segue out of his tween phase and into slightly more mature fare. Later this year, Tremblay appears in his first action movie, starring alongside Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane and others in Shane Black's The Predator. He will also appear with Natalie Portman, Kit Harington and others in Xavier Dolan's drama The Life and Death of John F. Donovan. In 2019, Tremblay appears in a voice performance in an Untitled Lani Pixels Project.
Thus far the career arc for Tremblay is following a pretty familiar pattern. After his break-out in Room, he moved on to do the usual helping of horror movies and dramas, with mixed results. But after his performance in Wonder, his stock seems to have gotten a bump. Of course it's always difficult to predict how child actors will turn out, but Tremblay has put enough good work on-screen that there's reason for optimism. The next step is to make that sometimes awkward transition from child actor to teen actor. Good Boys sounds on paper like a natural vehicle for Tremblay to display his maturing skills in a movie that has somewhat more risqué content. If the movie truly is like Superbad, the content may be more than a little risqué.
Universal has yet to announce a release date for Good Boys.