Julia Roberts is a heartbroken mom reuniting with her drug-addict son in Ben Is Back


Timothée Chamalet isn’t the only Lady Bird boy rising to Hollywood stardom: Lucas Hedges, the 21-year-old Brooklyn heartthrob is heading to the big screen once again—this time alongside Oscar winner Julia Roberts.

In the teaser trailer for Ben Is Back, the poignant tale of a mother struggling to keep her son afloat amid his history of drug abuse, Roberts is overcome with joy at the teenager’s return, much to his sibling’s seeming distrust.

With a tone similar to Hedges’ Manchester By The Sea, the drama unfolds in a suburban town over the 24 hours leading up to Christmas Day. Roberts’ character Holly soon learns that her charming yet disturbed son is “still very much in harm’s way,” according to the film’s logline.

Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges
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Ben Is Back, out Dec. 7, this will be Roberts’ first major movie since the 2017 critically acclaimed Wonder, in which she played a mother to a child with facial differences.

The actress, 50, is having an eventful year. Her new Amazon series, Homecoming, in which she stars as a caseworker dealing with soldiers returning from war, premieres this November.

Hedges appeared in last year’s Oscar-nominated Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and stars with Nicole Kidman in this fall’s drama Boy Erased, as well as in Jonah Hill’s upcoming Mid90s.

Ben Is Back’s director is Lucas’ father, Peter Hedges. He previously directored The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012) and wrote the screenplay for 2002’s About a Boy.