In Theaters October 12, 2018
At 18, Nicolas Sheff was a good student, editor of his high school newspaper, an actor in the school play and a member of the water polo team. A voracious reader and a talented artist, Nic was set to enter college in the fall. He had started experimenting with drugs when he was 12, but in his late teens he tried meth for the first time and, as he writes, “the world went from black and white to Technicolor.” Nic went almost instantly from a teenager dabbling with substances to a having a full-blown dependency.
Beautiful Boy is a searingly honest/frank account of the Sheff family’s journey through Nic’s continuing struggles with addiction. Based on acclaimed journalist David Sheff’s bestseller of the same name and his son Nic’s breakout memoir Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines, the film presents a unique portrait of the ways addiction can destroy lives and the power of love to rebuild them.
Harrowing, heart-breaking and yet full of joy, hope, and love, Beautiful Boy recounts the rehabs, disappearances, broken promises and rage as Nic sinks deeper into the drug world, as well as David’s efforts to save his “beautiful boy” from the ravages of addiction.
Directed by Felix van Groeningen (Belgica, The Broken Circle Breakdown), the film stars Academy Award® nominees Steve Carell (Foxcatcher, The Big Short) and Timothée Chalamet (Interstellar, Call Me by Your Name), Golden Globe® winner Maura Tierney (“The Affair,” Baby Mama), Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan (Birdman, Gone Baby Gone) and Academy Award® winner Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People).
Beautiful Boy is produced Plan B Entertainment’s Academy Award-winners Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner (Moonlight, 12 Years a Slave, The Big Short). Nan Morales (Selma) is executive producer. The screenplay by Academy Award nominee Luke Davies (Lion) and van Groeningen is adapted from the books Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff and Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff.
Joining van Groeningen on the film are his longtime collaborators’ cinematographer Ruben Impens (The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgica) and editor Nico Leunen (The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Misfortunates). The production designer is Academy Award® nominee Ethan Tobman (Beyoncé: Lemonade, Room) and the costume designer is Emma Potter (True Detective Season 3, Creed).