First Trailer for 'Honey Boy' Film Starring & Written by Shia LaBeouf

August 8, 2019
Source: YouTube

Honey Boy Trailer

"I'm your cheerleader, honey boy." Amazon Studios has debuted the first official trailer for the indie film Honey Boy, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The film is an autobiographical story about Shia LaBeouf - he wrote the screenplay and stars in the film playing his father, a "hard-drinking, law-breaking" rodeo clown who treats his son roughly. Actors Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges play Shia (as a character named Otis Lort) at different ages, showing his rise to fame and subsequent drunken downfall. This received some great reviews out of Sundance and it's definitely worth a look. 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. Also starring Byron Bowers, Laura San Giacomo, FKA Twigs, Natasha Lyonne, Maika Monroe, Clifton Collins Jr., Mario Ponce, and Martin Starr. Check it out.

Here's the first red band trailer (+ poster) for Alma Har'el's Honey Boy, direct from Amazon's YouTube:

Honey Boy Poster

Fictionalizing Shia LaBeouf's 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. Honey Boy is directed by Israeli filmmaker Alma Har'el, making her feature narrative debut after directing the doc films Bombay Beach, LoveTrue, and 11/8/16 previously, as well as a few shorts & music videos. The screenplay is written by Shia LaBeouf. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Amazon will release Har'el's Honey Boy in select US theaters starting November 8th this fall. Follow @Almaharel. Interested?

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Looks good to me. Nice to see a little bit of FKA Twigs there, too. I love her music. I hope Shia keeps doing what he's doing. I'm a fan.

Efterklang on Aug 8, 2019


Totally aboard. Shia is keeping true to the art, and not making any compromizes. This may be a ride!

ErrorSapiens on Aug 8, 2019


Another love letter for the people around the film. But it's looking good ...

shiboleth on Aug 8, 2019


Damn. Lebouf was a shame for a while, but he really come around. This looks like it could be really good.

DAVIDPD on Aug 8, 2019


I've always liked Shia LaBeouf's work and think he's a talented young guy. I for sure want to check this out and see if his writing is as good as his acting. It sure looks promising. I couldn't get thru the Boy Erased thing the young actor here, Lucas Hedges, was in. It was a well made film, but the subject matter of conversion therapy had me so angry I just had to not put myself thru watching those idiots that do that kind of insane behavior. So it'll be interesting to see Hedges play a totally different character and show some anger and intensity and the pain that generates that. It looks gritty and dark and won't be for everyone, but I'm in. Good for LaBeouf for writing and creating this kind of work from his personal life. I admire that and respect him for having the artistic courage required to do this.

thespiritbo on Aug 8, 2019


Lucas Hedges was very good in "Manchester By the Sea" should check it out. Here's hoping this will get Shia back on track...he did show such promise early on.

kitano0 on Aug 9, 2019


Thanks for the heads up. I've not managed to see Manchester yet but have read a lot about it and seen a lot of clips. I like the director a lot. Yea, LaBeouf is an interesting man/actor/artist. He takes chances and risks not many are willing to do. My hats off to him. I hear good things about The Peanut Butter Falcon movie he's also got coming out with him playing opposite an actor with down syndrome. Cheers!

thespiritbo on Aug 9, 2019


I've always admired Lebouf since I saw "The Greatest Game Ever Played" and have since come to respect him even more as of late. Hollywood isn't kind to the young and most can't handle it. It appears he's embraced his darkness and is attempting to bring it to light. I'm intrigued to look through his lens and see what's on the other side.

THE_RAW_ on Aug 15, 2019

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