‘Honey Boy’ Red Band Trailer: Shia LaBeouf Plays His Own Troubled Father

A red band trailer has arrived for Honey Boy, a film that Shia LaBeouf wrote as part of his rehab program.

The films explores LaBeouf’s troubled relationship with his abusive father and his upbringing as a child star. Lucas Hedges and Noah Jupe play older and younger versions of the actor respectively, and LaBeouf takes on the role of his father.

LaBeouf’s creative collaborator and friend Alma Har’el makes her feature directorial debut with this film, and it looks like a powerful undertaking. Young Jupe appears to be putting in his all here, as does LaBeouf, no doubt having quite the emotional experience crafting what is essentially a creative and very public form of therapy. We’re very interested in this one.

Honey Boy, also starring Clifton Collins Jr., Maika Monroe, Natasha Lyonne, Martin Starr, Byron Bowers, Laura San Giacomo and FKA Twigs, will hit US cinemas on November 8.

Official synopsis for Honey Boy:

From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har’el (Bombay Beach, LoveTrue) brings to life a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father and deal with his mental health. Fictionalizing his ascent to stardom, and subsequent crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har’el casts Noah Jupe (A Quiet Place) and Lucas Hedges (Boy ErasedManchester by the Sea) as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career. LaBeouf takes on the therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. Dancer-singer 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 medicine and imagination as hope through the life and times of a talented, traumatized performer who dares to go in search of himself.

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