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Netflix to Adapt Broadway Hit American Son


Netflix is adapting the Broadway hit American Son, with Kerry Washington on board to reprise her role from the play.

Based on the 2018 play from Christopher Demos-Brown, the story centers on interracial parents who reunite in a Florida police station to search for answers about their missing teenage son. Washington, along with Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan and Eugene Lee—who starred in the Broadway production—will reprise their roles in the Netflix adaptation.

Tony winner Kenny Leon returns to direct and produce, with Jeffrey Richards and Rebecca Gold serving as producers. Washington and her EVP of Development and Production Pilar Savone will also produce under Washington’s banner Simpson Street.

American Son powerfully explores themes of family, love and identity,” said Cindy Holland, VP of original content at Netflix. “We are honored to work with Kerry Washington, Kenny Leon, Christopher Demos-Brown and the entire cast to bring this story from the Broadway stage to our members around the world.”

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