A Kid Like Jake

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A Kid Like Jake
Directed by Silas Howard
Produced by
Written by Daniel Pearle
Based on A Kid Like Jake
by Daniel Pearle
Music by Roger Neill
Cinematography Steven Calitri
Edited by Michael Taylor
  • Bankside Films
  • Burn Later Productions
  • Double Nickel Entertainment
  • Head Gear Films
  • That's Wonderful Productions
  • XS Media
Distributed by IFC Films
Release date
  • January 23, 2018 (2018-01-23) (Sundance)
Country United States
Language English

A Kid Like Jake is an upcoming American drama film directed by Silas Howard and written by Daniel Pearle, based on his own 2013 play of the same name. The film stars Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Octavia Spencer and Priyanka Chopra. It will premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.[1]


"On the eve of the admissions cycle for New York City kindergartens, Alex and Greg Wheeler have high hopes for their son Jake, a bright and precocious 4-year-old who happens to prefer Cinderella to GI Joe. As Alex and Greg navigate their roles as parents, a rift grows between them, one that forces them to confront their own concerns about what’s best for Jake, and each other."[2]


On February 24, 2017, it was announced that Claire Danes and Jim Parsons had been cast in the drama film adaptation of A Kid Like Jake, a play by Daniel Pearle who would also adapt; while Silas Howard would direct. Parsons and Todd Spiewak would be producing the film through their banner That's Wonderful Productions along with Eric Norsoph.[3] On May 12, 2017, Octavia Spencer was cast in the film, while Priyanka Chopra, Ann Dowd, and Michaela Watkins were in negotiations to be cast.[4][5] In July 2017, Amy Landecker joined the cast.[2]

Principal photography on the film began in June 2017 in Brooklyn, New York City.[6][7]

IFC Films have acquired the film and plan to release it in summer 2018.[8]


  1. ^ Debruge, Peter (2017-11-29). "Sundance Film Festival Unveils Full 2018 Features Lineup". Variety. Retrieved 2017-11-29. 
  2. ^ a b Hipes, Patrick (July 12, 2017). "Amy Landecker Joins The Class For Indie Drama 'A Kid Like Jake'". Deadline. Retrieved July 12, 2017. 
  3. ^ Setoodeh, Ramin (February 24, 2017). "Claire Danes, Jim Parsons to Star in Transgender Family Drama 'A Kid Like Jake' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved July 11, 2017. 
  4. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (May 12, 2017). "Octavia Spencer Joins Claire Danes & Jim Parsons For 'A Kid Like Jake' – Cannes". Deadline. Retrieved July 11, 2017. 
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (May 30, 2017). "Priyanka Chopra Joins Rebel Wilson's 'Isn't It Romantic,' 'A Kid Like Jake' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved July 11, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Claire Danes bonds with onscreen son on NYC set of A Kid Like Jake". Mail Online. June 21, 2017. Retrieved July 11, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Claire Danes and Octavia Spencer film A Kid Like Jake in New York". Mail Online. June 27, 2017. Retrieved July 11, 2017. 
  8. ^ "IFC Films Acquires Sundance Pic 'A Kid Like Jake'". Deadline. February 1, 2018. Retrieved February 1, 2018. 

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