Kerry Washington is the distraught mother of missing teen in new trailer for Netflix's American Son

She starred on Broadway as the mother of a missing teenage boy in the drama American Son.

And when the theatre run ended in January, Kerry Washington and her three co-stars embarked on filming the production for Netflix.

On Thursday, the streaming platform dropped a new trailer for the movie version of the acclaimed play that explores issues of race, bias and policing.

New trailer released: She starred on Broadway as the mother of a missing teenage boy in the drama American Son and Kerry Washington reprises the role in a movie adaptation for Netflix

New trailer released: She starred on Broadway as the mother of a missing teenage boy in the drama American Son and Kerry Washington reprises the role in a movie adaptation for Netflix

Washington, 42, stars as an African-American mother in South Florida who is searching for answers about her missing son.

The action takes place in a South Florida police station in the early hours of a rainy morning.

As she's grilled by a young white police officer about her son - what he looks like, what his street name is - she becomes increasingly frustrated at the assumptions being made about her family.

Drama: The action takes place in a South Florida police station in the early hours of a rainy morning where Washington searches for answers about her missing son

Drama: The action takes place in a South Florida police station in the early hours of a rainy morning where Washington searches for answers about her missing son

Tense: As she's grilled by a young white police officer played by Jeremy Jordan, she becomes increasingly frustrated at the assumptions being made about her family

Tense: As she's grilled by a young white police officer played by Jeremy Jordan, she becomes increasingly frustrated at the assumptions being made about her family

Into the already tense dynamic comes her ex-husband and son's father, who is white.

Steven Pasquale reprises his stage role as the dad who also rages about what exactly the officer, played by Jeremy Jordan, and his fellow cops are doing to find his son.

The original cast is rounded out by Eugene Lee who plays a police lieutenant and the film is directed by Kenny Leon who directed it on Broadway.

Heightened stakes: Into the already tense dynamic comes Steven Pasquale, her ex-husband and son's father, who is white

Heightened stakes: Into the already tense dynamic comes Steven Pasquale, her ex-husband and son's father, who is white

Timely: American Son explores issues of race, bias and policing and is directed by Kenny Leon who directed the play on Broadway. It's set to premiere on Netflix on November 1

Timely: American Son explores issues of race, bias and policing and is directed by Kenny Leon who directed the play on Broadway. It's set to premiere on Netflix on November 1

Speaking in a featurette released along with the trailer, Scandal star Washington said that playing the lead role in American Son has been 'one of the best things that has ever happened in my life.'

'It's something I am really proud of because the material is so important,' the actress explained. 

'So often we think of the people who face incidents with the police as those other people who live in those other places. When we spend 90 minutes with these parents, we realize this issue is an issue that belongs to all of us.'

Washington added: 'You really are getting to walk in somebody else's shoes... This is a woman trying to prevent her life turning into a statistic. 

American Son is set to premiere on Netflix on November 1. 

'So important': 'You really are getting to walk in somebody else's shoes... This is a woman trying to prevent her life turning into a statistic,' Washington says of the role

'So important': 'You really are getting to walk in somebody else's shoes... This is a woman trying to prevent her life turning into a statistic,' Washington says of the role

 

 

 

Kerry Washington is the distraught mother of missing teen in new trailer for Netflix's American Son

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