July 18, 2018 at 11:39 am PDT | by Mariah Cooper
Watch: ‘Boy Erased’ trailer shows toxic practice of gay conversion therapy

Lucas Hedges as Jared in ‘Boy Erased’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

“Boy Erased,” a drama based on the novel of the same name, has released its first trailer.

Lucas Hedges stars as Jared, the 19-year old son of a Baptist pastor. After Jared comes out to his parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe), they force him to choose between being ex-communicated from his small town or to go to a “refuge” program.

“Jared, I want you to do well,” Jared’s father says in the clip. “I want you to have a great life. I love you. But we cannot see a way that you can live under this roof if you’re going to fundamentally go against the grain of our beliefs.”

The trailer shows parts of Jared’s experience in the program which includes physical abuse and being told people “cannot be born a homosexual, this is a lie” and “God will not love you the way that you are.”

However, Kidman’s character seems to pick up on how dangerous the program actually is.

“They say sometimes you’ve got to hurt a child in order to help them,” Kidman, who seems to show up unexpectedly at the camp, says. “But a mother knows when something isn’t right.”

Singer Troye Sivan also appears in the film. The trailer features a new song by Sivan and Jónsi called “Revelation.”

“Boy Erased” hits theaters in November.

Watch the trailer below.

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