Julia Roberts and “Manchester By the Sea” breakout Lucas Hedges are set to star in “Ben Is Back” which will be penned and directed by Hedges father and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” novelist Peter Hedges.
The younger Hedges plays Ben Burms who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben’s wary mother Holly Burns (Julia Roberts) welcomes her beloved son’s return, but soon learns he is still very much in harm’s way.
During the 24 hours that may change their lives forever, Holly must do everything in her power to avoid the family’s downfall. Nina Jacobson, Teddy Schwarzman and Brad Simpson will produce and production begins December in New York.