Dustin Hoffman and Kathy Bates to Star in Film Inspired by New Jersey’s American Boychoir School
The renowned music school for fourth- to eighth-grade boys is the inspiration for Boychoir, an independent film starring Oscar winners Dustin Hoffman and Kathy Bates and written by Lawrence-raised Ben Ripley, who is said to have a friend who attended the school.
Scheduled for release later this year, the music-themed, “feel-good” drama will feature 11-year-old Dante Soriano of Hillsborough, who is in his third year at the school; members of the American Boychoir; and Fernando Mulvar-Ruiz, a Lawrence resident who serves as Litton-Lodal music director of the American Boychoir and will be music director of the movie. …
With distribution in 35 international territories already secured, Boychoir has solid production credentials to go with it. Its famous cast includes multiple Oscar nominee Debra Winger — and possibly Oscar winner Sissy Spacek, who was in Odessa, Texas last month, reportedly to research a role in the film.