Chalamet will star alongside Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) in a story told from the perspective of a father who watches his son struggle with and recover from a meth addiction. The story was adapted from the memoir Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff.
Amazon Studios is producing the film which will be directed by Felix van Groeningen. The project has been in development for several years with Carell attached. Now with the second lead in place, the film will likely move significantly further through pre-production.
Chalamet currently stars alongside Armie Hammer in Call Me By Your Name, which turned heads at Sundance and was snatched up for distribution by Sony Pictures Classics. Chalamet previously starred opposite Lily Rabe in the indie Miss Stevens, and appeared on the series Homeland. Coming up, he will be seen in Hot Summer Nights, soon to premiere at SXSW, opposite Saoirse Ronan in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, and in Scott Cooper’s Hostiles.
Brad Pitt’s Plan B banner is producing Beautiful Boy. Director van Groeningen is a Belgian filmmaker best known for The Broken Circle Breakdown.