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Is blood truly thicker than water? Can we feel whole without really knowing where we come from? These are the questions posed by the upcoming film Lion, and it looks like a drama set to deliver stellar performances from powerhouse actresses Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman. Check out the trailer for the upcoming film below to see more.
Lion follows the incredible true story of a young Indian born man named Saroo (Dev Patel) living with an adopted family in Australia. While speaking to some friends at a get together, he reveals that he's originally from Kolkata, India, but he found himself lost on a train at a young age and was subsequently adopted by an Australian family after winding up thousands of miles away from home. As the memories of his past begin to surface, he takes it upon himself to try and find his birth parents using what little information he has and all of the modern technology at his disposal. It's a decision that he feels compelled to make for personal reasons, but it's also one that threatens to tear a hole right through his family.
It's this familial friction that really serves as the meat and potatoes of Lion's story. As Saroo becomes more and more immersed in the search for his family, we as an audience see the toll it takes on his adoptive Mother (Nicole Kidman) and his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) as they endeavor to understand why he seemingly wants to leave behind the only home he has ever really known. If you didn't tear up even a little bit at this trailer, then I am sorry to inform you that you are actually made of stone.
However, as good as Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman's performances look in Lion, we would be remiss if we did not point out the absolutely stellar looking performance of Dev Patel. The Slumdog Millionaire star has grown up over the course of the last eight years, and Lion looks like it could really start generating some award buzz for him. It's too early to know for sure, but it genuinely looks like he will give one of the most compelling lead male performances of the coming year. In a time where so many have complained that people of color seldom get proper recognition for their acting work, Lion could offer a solid reason to fix that issue.
That notion seems further enforced by Lion's release date. Hitting theaters in late November -- aka Oscar season -- the family drama seems poised to place itself as a contender for all of the major 2017 awards ceremonies. There's worse things for a film to be than Oscar bait.
We will keep you up to date with any and all relevant details related to the upcoming release of Lion as they become available to us. The film will hit theaters later this year on November 25. Stay tuned for more details.