In search of a fresh start away from a troubled past, a young American woman seeks refuge in an isolated English village, only to find herself trapped in a waking nightmare in The Boy, an unconventional horror thriller from director William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside).
When Greta (Lauren Cohan) takes a job as a nanny for an 8-year-old boy, she is shocked to discover that she has been hired by a strange elderly couple to care for Brahms, a life-sized doll that they treat like a real child. A stand-in for the son they lost tragically 20 years earlier, Brahms comes with a lengthy list of rules that Greta is warned to follow to the letter. Left alone in the sprawling mansion while her new employers take a long-awaited holiday, Greta ignores the rules and begins a tentative flirtation with handsome local deliveryman Malcolm (Rupert Evans), until a series of disturbing and inexplicable events convinces her that supernatural forces are at work. As she is pulled deeper and deeper into a frightening mystery, Greta faces a terrifying final twist in a nail-biting thriller that will have audiences guessing until the final moments.
Starring Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead,” “The Vampire Diaries”), Rupert Evans (Hellboy, “The Man in the High Castle”), Jim Norton (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, American History X), Diana Hardcastle (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, “The Kennedys”) Ben Robson (“Vikings,” Dracula, the Dark Prince), and James Russell (“Blue Bloods,” “Forever.”) The Boy is directed by William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside, Stay Alive) from a screenplay by Stacey Menear (Mixtape). The film is produced by Tom Rosenberg (Million Dollar Baby, Underworld ), Gary Lucchesi (Million Dollar Baby, Underworld), and Richard Wright (Underworld, The Age of Adaline). Producers are Jim Wedaa (Unstoppable, Mission to Mars), Roy Lee (The Departed, How to Train Your Dragon), and Matt Berenson (The Place Behind the Pines, Daddy Day Care), Director of photography is Daniel Pearl (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th). Editor is Brian Berdan (Natural Born Killers, Crank). Production designer is John Willett (Final Destination, The Grey). Costume designer is Jori Woodman (Final Destination, White Chicks). Composer is Bear McCreary (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “The Walking Dead”).
The Boy will be released in theaters on January 22nd. Check out the trailer and images from the film, below.