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Hedges in 2016
December 12, 1996 |
Brooklyn Heights, New York City, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of North Carolina School of the Arts|
|Relatives||Peter Hedges (father)|
Lucas Hedges (born December 12, 1996) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles in the films Moonrise Kingdom, Kill the Messenger, and Manchester by the Sea, which earned him an Academy Award nomination.
Hedges was born in Brooklyn Heights, New York, the second child of poet and actress Susan Bruce (née Titman) and Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director Peter Hedges. He has an older brother, Simon. He grew up in Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill, frequently visiting his father's film sets.
As a child, Hedges made his feature film debut as an extra in his father's film Dan in Real Life (2007). His line in the film was cut in post-production. He starred in a middle-school play production, when the casting director for Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom (2012) was in the audience and eventually cast Hedges in the film, his first role, as Redford. He later appeared in Arthur Newman (2013), Jason Reitman's Labor Day (2013) and Terry Gilliam's film The Zero Theorem (2013). In 2014, Hedges made a cameo in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and appeared in Michael Cuesta's Kill the Messenger, for which he received positive reviews.
In April 2015, Hedges joined the cast of Kenneth Lonergan's third feature film, Manchester by the Sea (2016). In it, he plays Patrick Chandler, a 16-year-old dealing with the recent death of his father and who is left in the care of his unwilling and troubled uncle. The film had its world premiere on January 23, 2016, at the Sundance Film Festival, where Hedges received rave reviews.  For his performance, Hedges has been nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, making him the eighth-youngest actor ever to be nominated in the latter category.
On January 31, 2017, Hedges made his stage debut as the lead in the Trip Cullman-directed off-Broadway play Yen, by playwright Anna Jordan. The play ran from February 19 until March 4 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. For his performance, Hedges received rave reviews and was nominated for the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play and won the Theatre World Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Debut Performance
On March 1, 2017, it was announced that Hedges would play the lead in Jonah Hill's upcoming directorial debut titled Mid-90s opposite his Manchester by the Sea co-star Michelle Williams. Williams was later replaced by Katherine Waterston. On June 8, 2017, it was announced that Hedges will portray Garrard Conley in the film adaptation of his memoir Boy Erased, which he began filming in September 2017. In December 2017, Hedges will begin principal production as the titular role of Ben in Ben is Back, to be directed by his father, Peter Hedges.
|2007||Dan in Real Life||Lilly's Dance Partner||Peter Hedges|
|2012||Moonrise Kingdom||Redford||Wes Anderson|
|2013||Arthur Newman||Kevin Avery||Dante Ariola|
|The Zero Theorem||Bob||Terry Gilliam|
|2014||Labor Day||Richard||Jason Reitman|
|The Grand Budapest Hotel||Pump Attendant||Wes Anderson|
|Kill the Messenger||Ian Webb||Michael Cuesta|
|2016||Manchester by the Sea||Patrick Chandler||Kenneth Lonergan|
|2017||Lady Bird||Danny O'Neill||Greta Gerwig|
|Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri||Robbie Hayes||Martin McDonagh|
|Boy Erased||Jared Conley||Joel Edgerton||Post-production|
|TBA||Ben Is Back||Ben Burns||Peter Hedges||Filming|
|2015||The Slap||Ritchie Joanou (né Collins)||5 episodes; American adaptation of the Australian series|
|2017||Yen||Hench||Lucille Lortel Theatre|