19 year-old Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges) unexpectedly returns home to his family's suburban home on Christmas Eve morning. Ben's mother, Holly (Julia Roberts), is relieved and welcoming, but wary of her son staying clean. Over a turbulent 24 hours, new truths are revealed, and a mother's undying love for her son is tested as she does everything in her power to keep him safe. BEN IS BACK also stars Courtney B. Vance (The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) and Kathryn Newton (Lady Bird).
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Julia RobertsActorJulia Fiona Roberts never dreamed she would become the most popular actress in America. She was born in Smyrna, Georgia, to Betty Lou (Bredemus) and Walter Grady Roberts, one-time actors and playwrights, and is of English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, German, and Swedish descent. As a child, due to her love of animals, Julia originally wanted to be a veterinarian, but later studied journalism. When her brother, Eric Roberts, achieved some success in Hollywood, Julia decided to try acting. Her first break came in 1988 when she appeared in two youth-oriented movies Mystic Pizza (1988) and Satisfaction (1988). The movies introduced her to a new audience who instantly fell in love with this pretty woman. Julia's biggest success was in the signature movie Pretty Woman (1990), for which Julia got an Oscar nomination, and also won the People's Choice award for Favorite Actress. Even though Julia would spend the next few years either starring in serious movies, or playing fantasy roles like Tinkerbell, the movie audiences would always love Julia best in romantic comedies. With My Best Friend's Wedding (1997) Julia gave the genre fresh life that had been lacking in Hollywood for some time. Offscreen, after a brief marriage, Julia has been romantically linked with several actors, and married cinematographer Daniel Moder in 2002; the couple has three children together. Julia has also become involved with UNICEF charities and has made visits to many different countries, including Haiti and India, in order to promote goodwill. Julia Robert remains one of the most popular and sought-after talents in Hollywood.More
Lucas HedgesActorLucas Hedges is an American actor. He is known for playing Patrick Chandler in Manchester by the Sea (2016), which earned him an Academy Award nomination. Hedges was born in Brooklyn Heights, New York, the second child of poet and actress Susan Bruce and Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director Peter Hedges. He also starred in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom (2012), as Redford, as well as Kill the Messenger (2014), Lady Bird (2017), and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017). In 2018, he appeared as the older brother in Mid90s (2018), and turned from supporting work to starring roles, giving critically-acclaimed performances in two films about young men in jeopardy, Boy Erased (2018), where he plays a teenager sent to a gay conversion therapy clinic, and Ben Is Back (2018), as a drug-addict returning home for the holidays.More
KATHRYN NEWTONActorNewton has worked opposite Golden Globe and Academy Award winning actresses Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman as Witherspoon's rebellious teenage daughter "Abigail",in HBO's Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning drama, Big Little Lies. Newton is in production of season 2. Newton recently wrapped production as the female lead in Legendary's Pokemon film titled Detective Pikachu, based on the titular character. Award winning actor Ryan Reynolds will be the voice of the animated Pokémon, Pikachu and Netflix's The Get Down star, Justice Smith will be her co-star. Newton is also working alongside Academy Award winning actress Julia Roberts and Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges in Ben Is Back. The drama will follow a charming, yet troubled Ben Burns (Hedges) who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Newton will play Ivy Burns, the 17-year-old sister, described as a beautiful singer, who loves her brother, but does not trust that he can be better. She also played Hedges' character's sister in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017). Newton can also recently be seen starring in the BBC/PBS miniseries, Little Women as the iconic character "Amy March", opposite Emily Watson and Angela Lansbury, which premiered this past December 2017. She has also played a starring role in Point Grey Pictures/Universal's comedy, Blockers, which revolves around three parents who discover their daughters' pact to lose their virginity at prom. From first-time director, Kay Cannon, the pic stars Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena as parents who launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal. Newton can be seen in two critically acclaimed films, the Golden Globe nominated comedy Lady Bird, opposite Golden Globe nominated actress Greta Gerwig, and the Golden Globe nominated crime drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri opposite Golden Globe nominated and Academy Award winner Frances McDormand. Previous credits for Newton include CW's Supernatural, AMC's Mad Men, AMC's Halt and Catch Fire and CBS's Bad Teacher. Other credits include CBS's Gary Unmarried and Paramount's Paranormal Activity 4 for which she won Young Artist Awards in both for her roles as daughter "Louise Brooks" and teen "Alex Nelson" respectively. Born in South Florida, Newton began her acting career at the age of four. Newton is also an avid golfer and was recently featured in Golf Digest, which recognized her as "The Best Golfer in Hollywood."More
Courtney B. VanceActorCourtney B. Vance was born on March 12, 1960 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Courtney Bernard Vance. He is an actor and producer, known for The Hunt for Red October (1990), Space Cowboys (2000) and Dangerous Minds (1995). He has been married to Angela Bassett since October 12, 1997. They have two children.More