On the heels of last year’s acclaimed hit drama Wonder, Julia Roberts plays another mother, this time to a dark sheep of a son (Lucas Hedges) in Ben Is Back. Directed by Lucas’ father Peter Hedges (Pieces of April), the storyline centers on Ben’s (Hedges) unexpected return home on a Christmas Eve morning. Though Holly (Roberts) is thankful to see him, she is concerned about her son staying clean, and over the next 24 hours she does everything in her power to make sure he doesn’t stray from that path.
With Manchester by the Sea, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, and Lady Bird under his belt, Hedges is simply on another plane momentum wise, and it’s a safe best that Ben Is Back will continue that streak.The feature has its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Check out the emotional teaser trailer and tell us what you think!
Ben Is Back, co-starring Courtney B. Vance, opens nationwide December 7.