All Hail Shia

Amazon Studios has released a new trailer for Honey Boy, directed by unknown Israeli-American Alma Har’el. In it, Shia LaBeouf plays a character based on his own father.

Written by LaBeouf, Honey Boy is a semi-autobiographical film inspired by LaBeouf’s life. It follows the actor Otis Lort from his childhood (Noah Jupe) through to his days as a young adult (Lucas Hedges), when the pressures of fame start taking their toll.

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews.

Here’s the trailer:

A brief synopsis reads:

“A young actor tries to reconcile with his father after surviving a turbulent childhood.”

LaBeouf had penned the script as part of a rehabilitation program, the actor stated:

“The therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. It is strange to fetishise your pain and make a product out of it and feel guilty about that.“It felt very selfish. This whole thing felt very selfish. I never went into this thinking, ‘Oh, I am going to fucking help people.’ That wasn’t my goal. I was falling apart.”

Honey Boy hits cinemas on November 8.