Shia LaBeouf Plays His Own Father In The Intense ‘Honey Boy’ Trailer

Senior Pop Culture Editor
08.08.19

In Honey Boy, the latest feature from director Alma Har’el (Bombay Beach), Shia LaBeouf plays a fictionalized version of his real-life father, and Lucas Hedges and Noah Jupe play fictionalized versions of LaBeouf. Yet despite the strange premise — did I forget to mention that LaBeouf-as-his-dad is an alcoholic, washed-up rodeo clown who lives in a trailer park? — Honey Boy is relatively straight-forward, as seen in the trailer above. And our own Mike Ryan’s review when the film premiered at Sundance: “You might expect it to be a little more peculiar,” he wrote. “It may have benefited by being a little weirder.” Judge for yourself, but fair warning: no scene is set on the dark of the moon.

Now that would be weird. Here’s the official plot summary:

Fictionalizing his ascent to stardom, and subsequent crash-landing into rehab and recovery, director Alma Har’el casts Noah Jupe (A Quiet Place) and Lucas Hedges (Manchester 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.

Honey Boy is out November 8.

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