Jaeden Lieberher … Alton
Kirsten Dunst … Sarah
Joel Edgerton … Lucas
Michael Shannon … Roy
Sam Shepard … Calvin Meyer
Paul Sparks … Agent Miller
Adam Driver … Sevier
Sean Bridgers … Fredrick
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|Director:||Jeff Nichols—“Mud” (2003), “Take Shelter”|
Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “A provocative, genre-defying film as supernatural as it is intimately human, it follows a father, Roy (Michael Shannon), who goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), a boy with mysterious powers that even Roy himself cannot comprehend.
In the sci-fi thriller ‘Midnight Special,’ writer/director Jeff Nichols proves again that he is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time, as a father (Michael Shannon), goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers.
What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Ultimately, his father risks everything to protect Alton and help fulfill a destiny that could change the world forever, in this genre–defying film as supernatural as it is intimately human.
Shannon portrays a father protecting his uniquely gifted 8-year-old son who has supernatural powers, played by newcomer Jaeden Lieberher, while being hunted by a religious sect and a government task force.
This sci-fi chase thriller stars Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (‘Boardwalk Empire,’ ‘Man of Steel’) as Roy, a father desperate to protect his uniquely gifted, 8 year old son Alton (newcomer Jaeden Lieberher). Joined by Joel Edgerton (‘The Great Gatsby,’ ‘Animal Kingdom’) and Kirsten Dunst (‘Spider-Man,’ ‘Melancholia’), this group must race to get Alton to a secret location, all while being hunted by an extreme religious sect led by Sam Shepard (‘Mud,’ ‘August: Osage County’) and a government task force headed up by Adam Driver (‘Girls’). It is a full-on chase, the outcome of which could bring about a world-changing event. Nichols says he wanted ‘Midnight Special’ to be a road movie like John Carpenter’s ‘Starman.’”
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