Here's a question: where are y'all at on Shia LaBeouf?
There was a period where the actor was a hot commodity in Hollywood, followed quickly by a longer period wherein LaBeouf's off-screen antics and embarrassing arrests all but sank his career completely. In the past few years, LaBeouf's clearly been making efforts to clean up his act and tone down the shenanigans, and before 2020 rolls around we're going to have two very impressive LaBeouf projects to consider: The Peanut Butter Falcon (arriving in select theaters this weekend) and November's autobiographical Honey Boy, both of which are rocking a solid 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
When I ask, "Where are y'all at on Shia LaBeouf?", what I'm really wondering is, "Are you ready to give this guy another chance, or is that bridge well and truly burned?"
This is the first trailer for Alma Har'el's Honey Boy, an arresting little film written by and starring Shia LaBeouf, but not as himself. Here LaBeouf plays his own drunken, ne'er-do-well father (well, to be clear, these characters are thinly-veiled avatars for their real-life counterparts; this is basically the Shia LaBeouf origin story). By all accounts, it's a sometimes rough, sometimes darkly comic affair anchored by a trio of strong performances from LaBeouf, Noah Jupe, and Lucas Hedges, and seems likely to draw some attention come awards season. But again: are you interested in a movie like this?
Here's an official synopsis:
"From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har'el (Bombay Beach, LoveTrue) 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 (A Quiet Place) and Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased, 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."
We're very curious to see the reactions to this trailer, to say nothing of the film itself, and are curious to hear your thoughts in the lead-up to Honey Boy's November 8th arrival in theaters. Go ahead and sound off with those opinions in the comments section below, and stay tuned for more on Honey Boy as further updates become available.