A casting director could do worse than what’s been assembled for “Boychoir.”
The film, from director François Girard (“The Red Violin”), stars Kathy Bates, Debra Winger, Eddie Izzard and, in what looks to be his best role in years, Dustin Hoffman. It centers on a rebellious, extremely talented 11-year-old (newcomer Garrett Wareing), who is taken under the wing of a demanding vocal teacher (Dustin Hoffman) at one of the most prestigious music academies in the country, as they prepare for the National Championship.
If you think that sounds akin to a certain Oscar winner from last year, wait until you get a look of Hoffman in the official trailer (posted above): Seething, demanding and frequenter of “inspirational” lines like, “Quitting is all you know,” Hoffman appears to be tapping into the same, intense rage that won J.K. Simmons raves in “Whiplash.”
“Boychoir” is set for a limited release on April 3. Watch the full trailer at the top of this post, and be sure to check out the film’s exclusive poster below.
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