Honey Boy takes a page from the real life of actor Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences that details the actor’s stormy childhood and adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father and deal with his mental health.
The film debuted at Sundance earlier this year where it won a Special Jury Prize and is the feature debut of filmmaker Alma Har’el (Bombay Beach, LoveTrue) from a screenplay by LaBeouf himself. 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 Erased, Manchester by the Sea) as Otis Lort (a stand-in for LaBeouf), 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.
The film is produced by Har’el, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Anita Gou and Christopher Leggett. Executive Producers are Fred Berger, Rafael Marmor, Daniel Crown and Bill Benenson. Honey Boy is produced by Automatik and Delirio, in association with Stay Gold Features, Kindred Spirit and Red Crown Productions.
Amazon Studios will release Honey Boy in theaters on November 8, 2019.