Shia Labeouf to Play His Father in Upcoming Biopic, ‘Honey Boy’
Shia LaBeouf will see what it's like to walk in his father's shoes in an upcoming biopic.
Variety reported Friday (March 16) that the 31-year-old actor will portray his own father in a family drama based partly on the Transformers star's youth and upbringing under his "law-breaking, alcohol-abusing" patriarch.
The film, entitled Honey Boy (descended from LaBeouf's boyhood nickname), will concentrate on the former Disney favorite's rise to child stardom and decade-long struggle to salvage his relationship with his father, Jeffrey, a veteran of the Vietnam War.
Lady Bird performer Lucas Hedges has been named to play a younger version of LaBeouf in the future film project, which will be helmed by Israeli-American film director Alma Har'el and funded by Stay Gold Features.
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Christopher Leggett, and Daniela Taplin Lundberg have been tapped to produce Honey Boy, with Fred Berger joining as executive producer.
This isn't the first time the Disturbia player is deciding to address the distance and his unconventional relationship with his father.
Back in 2007, LaBeouf admitted that shortly after his parents divorced, his father became verbally and mentally abusive. The actor recalled in one such fit of rage how Jeffrey once aimed a gun at him during one of his Vietnam War flashbacks.
In an October 2014 profile with Interview magazine, LaBoeuf opened up about his manipulative relationship with his father once again, likening their bond to "a negative gift."
"The only thing my father gave me that was of any value to me is pain," LaBeouf started. "We manipulate each other. We service each other. I use him when I go to work. It's not a real conversation; it's just an excuse to rev up…My greatest and my worst memories are with my father, all my major trauma and major celebration came from him. It's a negative gift."
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