Photograph of Shia LaBeouf during the filming of Borg vs McEnroe, September 7, 2017 – Flickr/John Bauld
CAIRO – 17 March 2018: Actors Shia LaBeouf and Lucas Hedges will be joining forces together as part of the upcoming film “Honey Boy”, to be directed by Alma Har'el, which is based on LaBeouf’s own life.
In a rather odd sequence of events, Hedges will be portraying a younger stand-in for LaBeouf called Otis Lort while LaBeouf will be in the stand-in role of his father, called James in the film, an alcoholic with a criminal record as an ex-offender. From the little that is known of the film's plot right now, it will be set in the early 2000s and follow through the decade, exploring the tense emotional relationship between LaBeouf and his father throughout the decade.
Talking to the Esquire, LaBeouf states that the film arose as a way of expressing his frustrations and sadness over his past. It began as part of his therapy, which involved poking at the wounds in his past until they finally stopped hurting, essentially. The title of the film comes from the nickname LaBeouf received from his father early on in his career, when he served as his agent of sorts.
LaBeouf got his big break with the Disney channel original TV series “Even Stevens”, which ran from 2000 to 2003 and earned the young actor a Daytime Emmy award. Since then, his career began to skyrocket to new, unfathomable heights, especially after starring in the lead role in Michael Bay's “Transformers” franchise and joining in as the son of famous explorer Indiana Jones in 2008's “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”
His time at the top wasn't to last however, with LaBeouf’s odd public behavior and scandals beginning to tarnish his reputation, from controversy on plagiarizing a play (and also for plagiarizing his apology) to being arrested for attempted assault. Only recently has the actor managed to back into the good graces of the public eye, following praise for his performance in the biopic “Borg vs McEnroe”, which was screened at the TIFF in 2017 and is set for an April 13 release this year.
Hedges is a young but rising new talent best known for his performance in “Manchester by the Sea”, which earned him an academy-award, and starring in 2017's “Ladybird” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing.”