Asa Butterfield broke out big in “Hugo” and “Ender’s Game” and now establishes himself as a bright star to watch in “A Brilliant Young Mind,” Morgan Matthews’ drama formerly known as “X+Y” at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival. Samuel Goldwyn plans a Summer 2015 release.
Butterfield plays Nathan, a teen math prodigy on the autistic spectrum opposite Sally Hawkins (Oscar-nominated for “Blue Jasmine” and should-have-been-Oscar-nominated for “Happy-Go-Lucky”) as his mother and Rafe Spall as his unconventional teacher who primes him for the International Mathematics Olympiad in Taiwan, where Nathan meets the beautiful Zhang Mei (Jo Yang).
It sounds cheesy, but the film, inspired by Matthews’ 2007 documentary “Beautiful Young Minds,” was adored by all in Toronto, with a whopping 100% on the Tomatometer. “Matthews’ debut fiction feature… proves potent on its own terms as a satisfying, compelling drama with definite crossover potential on screens of all sizes,” wrote Variety.
But with the film already playing UK cinemas via BBC Films, which opened the pic under “X+Y” to great reviews, why bother to retitle it at all? Because there’s an America Ferrera drama, “X/Y,” already out in the US this year that the distributors undoubtedly want to be distinguished from.
Watch the trailer below.