Chloe Grace Moretz will take the lead role in new film The Miseducation of Cameron Post, the story of a young woman put into a gay conversion therapy centre when she’s caught with the prom queen.
Forced into the centre by her aunt, orphan Cameron must come to terms with her sexuality while those around her try to ‘fix’ her.
Based on the controversial coming-of-age novel by Emily Danforth, the film is directed by Desiree Akhavan – most famous for her film Appropriate Behaviour, which told the story of Persian bisexuals living in Brooklyn.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is set in ’93, yet the issue of gay conversion therapy is still a contentious one in today’s America, given Vice President elect Mike Pence’s previous support of gay cure therapy.
Conversion therapy in the past has involved therapists using electric shock treatments, inducing nausea and using shame to create aversion to same-sex attraction. The therapy can also stretch to gender, as therapists attempt to establish more masculine or feminine traits in their subjects.
The new film will cast light on the practice of conversion therapy for this generation much as satirical comedy But I’m A Cheerleader did for millenials.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Moretz will star as leading lady Cameron Post and will be supported by actress Sasha Lane as a fellow ‘disciple’ at the conversion centre.
Chloe has spoken out on several occasions about gay rights, most specifically about the bullying suffered by her gay brothers Trevor and Colin during high school.