Julia Roberts will be back in a big way this fall. While she's still averaged a movie a year for the last decade, she's no longer the cultural force she was in the '90s. But she's making her first foray into TV (as more than a guest star) with Amazon's mysterious Homecoming miniseries. And she'll be making a play for another Oscar nomination as Holly Burns in Ben Is Back.
As the mother of the troubled Ben (Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges), she'll get plenty of chances to showcase her acting chops, even on the new poster below. When Ben shows up on Christmas Eve after years away, he brings a flurry of emotions and big trouble. He's alive – which wasn't always a certainty – but may not be for long, since he's still in deep with a local drug dealer.
It will be another family affair for Peter Hedges, who only makes movies about close-knit families. This time it will be literal, as he's directing his son Lucas (Manchester by the Sea) for the first time.
Ben Is Back opens in limited release December 7, and should expand throughout the winter. Bring some tissues.