EXCLUSIVE: The Affair star Maura Tierney has joined Steve Carell, Timothee Chalamet and Amy Ryan in Beautiful Boy, the Felix Van Groeningen-directed drama for Amazon Studios that tells the true story of David and Nic Sheff. David is an accomplished journalist whose son, Nic, developed a devastating meth addiction. The drama tells the harrowing tale of addiction and recovery through the eyes of the father. Each of them wrote books about it.
Van Groeningen and Luke Davies wrote the script, and Plan B’s Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner are producing. Carell plays the elder Sheff and Chalamet his son, while Tierney will play Karen Barbour, David’s second wife. They have two children of their own, and she is supportive of her husband’s efforts to guide her stepson to sobriety, but things come to a head when David’s concern for Nic continually overshadows his commitment to his wife and other children.
Tierney won a Golden Globe for her work on the Showtime series The Affair. She has a long list of film credits including Baby Mama, Insomnia and Liar Liar.
Tierney is repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment.
Steve Carell’s Drama ‘Beautiful Boy’ Casts Christian Convery
Film Reporter Dave McNary Film Reporter @variety_DMcNary
APRIL 3, 2017 |
Christian Convery has been cast to play Steve Carell’s youngest son and Timothee Chalamet’s brother in “Beautiful Boy.”
The Amazon Studios drama is being produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B banner. “Beautiful Boy” is based on David Sheff’s book “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction,” as well as Nic Sheff’s “Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines,” about Sheff’s drug addiction and its impact on his family.
Chalamet portrays Nic Sheff, while Convery plays Jasper Sheff, a happy seven-year-old who must deal with the serious effects drug addiction has on an older brother whom he adores. Chalamet starred in Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will be released later this year by Sony Classics.
Variety reported in 2015 that Felix van Groeningen (“The Broken Circle Breakdown”) had come on board to direct the movie. Cameron Crowe was believed to have been attached earlier, but the filmmaker subsequently left the project to direct “Aloha.”
Van Groeningen directs the screenplay that he co-wrote with Luke Davies (“Lion”). Other cast members include Maura Tierney, Timothy Hutton, Amy Ryan, and Kaitlyn Dever. Filming began last week in Los Angeles.
Convery starred in the television movie “My Christmas Dream,” and in episodes of “Supernatural,” “Lucifer,” and “Legion.”
Convery is repped by Innovative Artists and Premiere Talent Management.