In something that’s very Shia LaBeouf, the artist and actor is making a movie about himself, but will play his father. Honey Boy will see LaBeouf step into the shoes of his ‘heroin addicted, alcohol-abusing and law-breaking dad’, exploring their demons and struggles.
LaBeouf’s complex relationship with his father, a former clown and heroin addict, is the film’s major focus, covering LaBeouf’s teenage years and the early stages of his career as a stand-up comedian and actor in the Disney Channel series Even Stevens. Across a decade, it will map the pair navigating and attempting to repair their broken bond. The film’s title is taken from a nickname given to him by his father.
As the Hollywood Reporterreports, he started working on the script during a therapy session, and it’s now in full production. The script is co-written by ‘Otis Lort’, LaBeouf’s pseudonym and alter ego. A young Shia will be played by Lucas Hedges, the young talent who won an Oscar for his role in Manchester By The Sea and made recent appearances in Lady Bird and Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. Alma Har’el is set to direct the feature.
A release date is yet to be confirmed.
Read back on our recent interview with the collaborative art trio Shia LaBeouf, Nastja Säde Rönkkö, and Luke Turner here.