Been a long, bumpy road in film land for Shia LaBeouf. The Peanut Butter Falcon highlighted what we miss, now Honey Boy his next venture he’s getting personal. Sony Pictures have released the UK Trailer for the semi-biopic for the eccentric actor. Full of emotion, experimental and Shia starring as his old man!
The film title comes from the nickname Shia’s father used to call him. The story is based on relationship between young star Otis Lort (Noah Jupe later Lucas Hedges) and his father (LaBeouf). His father was always breaking the law and a alcoholic, whom Otis attempts to reconcile with.
The film made it’s World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival to some great reviews. This is not a straight up biopic, taking a experimental approach we expect nothing less from Shia LaBeouf!
From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har’el brings to life a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams.
Fictionalizing his childhood’s ascent to stardom, and subsequent adult crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har’el casts Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career. LaBeouf takes on the daring and therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. Artist and musician FKA twigs makes her feature-film debut, playing neighbor and kindred spirit to the younger Otis in their garden-court motel home. Har’el’s feature narrative debut is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between filmmaker and subject, exploring art as therapy and imagination as hope.
Honey Boy will be released in UK and Irish Cinemas from 6th December. The film co-stars FKA twigs, Maika Monroe, Natasha Lyonne, Martin Starr, Byron Bowers, Laura San Giacomo and Clifton Collins Jr.