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Kerry Washington Is The Distraught Mother Of Missing Teen In New Trailer for Netflix’s American Son

Kerry Washington is bringing her acclaimed stage performance in American Son to Netflix.

The Scandal star plays the mother of a missing teenage boy in the drama – which was originally a play on Broadway. 

American Son’s theatre run ended in January. Now Washington and her three co-stars have filmed a production for Netflix.

On Thursday, the streaming platform dropped a new trailer for the movie version. The play – praised by former First Lady Michelle Obama – explores the issues of race, bias and policing.

Kerry Washington Is The Distraught Mother Of Missing Teen In New Trailer for Netflix's American Son
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Washington, 42, stars as an African-American mother in South Florida.

She is desperately trying to find her missing son and is begging for help in a South Florida police station. 

Washington plays mom Kendra who is grilled by a young white police officer about her son Jamal.

He demands to know if he has any distinctive tattoos and what his “street name” is. After some time, Jamal’s white father comes in. Assuming he is a fellow cop, the officer calls Kendra “ghetto.”

Steven Pasquale reprises his stage role as the dad. He demands to know what the officer, played by Jeremy Jordan, and his fellow cops are doing to find his son.

Kerry Washington Is The Distraught Mother Of Missing Teen In New Trailer for Netflix's American Son
Netflix

The original cast is rounded out by Eugene Lee who plays a police lieutenant.

The film is directed by Kenny Leon who directed it on Broadway.

Speaking in a featurette released along with the trailer, Washington said that playing the lead role in American Son has been “one of the best things that has ever happened in my life.”

“It’s something I am really proud of because the material is so important,” the actress explained. 

“So often we think of the people who face incidents with the police as those other people who live in those other places. When we spend 90 minutes with these parents, we realize this issue is an issue that belongs to all of us.”

Washington added: “You really are getting to walk in somebody else’s shoes… This is a woman trying to prevent her life turning into a statistic.”

American Son is set to premiere on Netflix on November 1. 

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Written by Christine Haveford

Christine loves all things cinema, and she's been that way ever since she was a little girl. In fact, she is so passionate about cinema that she decided to pursue cinematography as a full-time career, and is now pursuing film studies at the New York Film School. Originally from Florida, she is still exploring the new city, people, places, and the culture, loves the new weather, going ice skating during winters, and spending time with her fellow classmates and friends from college.

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