FYI: “Three Generations” — billing the angelic trifecta of Susan Sarandon as a lesbian grandmother, Naomi Watts as mother, and 17-year-old Elle Fanning as a teenager transitioning from female to male — is now called “About Ray” (the name of Fanning’s character).
Here’s the official synopsis:
ABOUT RAY tells the stirring and touching story of a family of ABOUT RAY living under one roof in New York as they must deal with a life-changing transformation by one that ultimately affects them all. Ray (Fanning) is a teenager who has come to the realization that she isn’t meant to be a girl and has decided to transition from female to male. His single mother, Maggie (Watts), must track down Ray’s biological father (Donovan) to get his legal consent to allow Ray’s transition. Dolly (Sarandon), Ray’s lesbian grandmother is having a hard time accepting that she now has a grandson. They must each confront their own identities and learn to embrace change and their strength as a family in order to ultimately find acceptance and understanding.
Scheduled for a September 18th limited release, Sarandon revealed some precious details about the film in a wonderful recent interview with Variety.
“[The film] is a story about a family comprised of a lesbian couple that’s been together for a long time,” Sarandon said. “I own the brownstone, and I allow my daughter (played by Naomi Watts) to raise her daughter (Elle Fanning) there. The father has not been present, and the movie opens with a discussion of how Elle can get the hormones necessary to transition before the next school year. In order to that, she has to get the signature of her father[…] All along, my character says, ‘Why can’t she be a normal lesbian?’ But she’s not a lesbian–she’s a boy. Then at some point, I say to Elle, ‘I thought you were too young to know what you wanted. I was just afraid. Now I realize who you are and who I love is not changing. The only thing that’s changing are the details.’ I think what’s extraordinary about adding transgender to all the evolutions is that our coloring box has that many more possibilities. We have that many more crayons to color outside the lines. That’s an exciting thing.”
We’re excited too, Susan.