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Shia LaBeouf Recreates His Child Star Past (and Plays His Own Dad) in the Trailer for 'Honey Boy'

He wrote the script, too, with Lucas Hedges, FKA Twigs and Natasha Lyonne also among the cast.
By Sarah Ward
August 11, 2019
By Sarah Ward
August 11, 2019

Whether you love his work, get frustrated by his off-screen behaviour or just don't know what to make of him, Shia LaBeouf can't be accused of being boring. His resume spans everything from family sitcoms, Transformers flicks and lyrical road trips into America's heartland, to performance art at the Sydney Opera House and live-streamed anti-Trump protests — as well as marathoning his own movies in public, and wearing a paper bag on his head at the Berlin International Film Festival.

His output and antics can only be described as eclectic, and, as much as anything can fit that pattern, LaBeouf's next project seems to. Called Honey Boy, it's an autobiographical film written by and starring the actor. Delving into his past as a child star, LaBeouf doesn't play himself, but instead steps into his father's shoes.

Laying bare his own tumultuous ups and downs during his childhood and young adult years, LaBeouf grapples with his fame, mental health and addictions — while getting Noah Jupe (Wonder, A Quiet Place) and Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea, Lady Bird, Boy Erased, Ben Is Back) to play versions of his on-screen alter-ego, called Otis, at different ages. Directed by first-timer Alma Har'el, the film also features FKA Twigs, Natasha Lyonne, Clifton Collins Jr, Maika Monroe and Martin Starr.

While, on paper, Honey Boy certainly sounds as if it could go either way — as many of LaBeouf's stunts have over the years — it premiered at Sundance back in January to rave reviews. And, as the just-released first trailer shows, it doesn't hold back when it comes to delving into trauma. The same can be said of LeBeouf's performance as his dad, and of Hedges' impersonation of LeBeouf as a teenager.

Check out the trailer below:

Honey Boy doesn't have a release date Down Under as yet — we'll update you if and when that changes.

Published on August 11, 2019 by Sarah Ward

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