Shia LaBeouf, after many politically and socially charged art projects, is returning to the big screen. Directed by Alma Har’el, LaBeouf is making a movie based on his own life and his relationship with his father.
Titled “Honey Boy” after the actor’s childhood nickname, Variety reports, the film tells the story of a child star trying to fix his relationship with his “law-breaking, alcohol abusing father over the course of a decade.” Oscar-nominated actor Lucas Hedges will play a younger version of LaBeouf.
LaBeouf has been quiet recently after an arrest for racially charged disorderly conduct in Georgia. He’s returning to the big screen for his role as John McEnroe in Borg vs McEnroe, coming to theaters this April. Hedges had a star run this past year, with starring roles in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Lady Bird. Har’el has directed fantastical, beautiful takes on places and subcultures in Bombay Beach and LoveTrue.
Shia LaBeouf finished writing the screenplay while in rehab, and he talked to Esquire about how prolonged-exposure therapy helped him confront his relationship with his dad. “You keep talking about it. You keep bringing it up, acting it out, thinking about its smell. Every which way you can get to it,” LaBeouf said. “My dad handed me a lot, and his legacy was an emotional one. And it wasn’t scarring. He handed me texture. My dad blessed me that way.”