Amazon Studios just released the official trailer for the drama, Honey Boy, based on the life of actor Shia LaBeouf. LaBeouf wrote the screenplay and stars in the film which is currently sitting at 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes following its debut at the Sundance Film Festival.
The two and a half minute trailer includes blurbs from critics who praise the film for its rawness and honesty. Leah Greenblatt wrote in her review for The Hollywood Reporter, “If Honey’s arc feels stamped in an certain kind of indie template, it still builds a sneaky kind of emotional capital.”
In addition to Shia LaBeouf, the cast of Honey Boy includes Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased, Manchester by the Sea), Noah Jupe (A Quiet Place), and FKA. Alma Har’el (Bombay Beach, LoveTrue) directed and Anita Gou, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Chris Leggett, and Daniela Taplin Lundberg produced.
Amazon Studios will release Honey Boy in theaters on November 8, 2019. The film’s been rated R for pervasive language, some sexual material and drug use.
The Honey Boy Plot:
“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 and deal with his mental health.
Fictionalizing his ascent to stardom, and subsequent 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 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.”