Arkansas native Garrard Conley’s 2016 memoir “Boy Erased” has been adapted for film. The trailer — released this week — is already generating buzz as a potential Oscar contender. Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea,” “Lady Bird”) stars alongside Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe as Jared, the gay son of a Baptist pastor in Arkansas whose family sends him to conversion therapy to “cure” him of his sexuality.

The Focus Features drama, directed by Joel Edgerton (“Loving,” “Midnight Special,” “The Great Gatsby”) is to be released in theaters on Nov. 2.

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