Honey Boy is a 2019 American drama film directed by Alma Har’el, from a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his childhood and his relationship with his father. It stars Lucas Hedges, LaBeouf, and Noah Jupe.
Honey Boy serves as an act of cinematic therapy for its screenwriter and subject one whose unique perspective should strike a chord in audiences from all backgrounds. On Meta critic the film has a weighted average score 65 out of 100 based on 15 critics indicating generally favorable reviews.
Shia LaBeouf based the script on his own life, with his character being based on his own father and the title comes from his childhood nickname. LaBeouf wrote the script as a part of his rehabilitation program.
In March 2018, it was announced that Lucas Hedges and LaBeouf had joined the cast of the film with Alma Har’el directing from a screenplay written by LaBeouf. Brian Kavanaugh Jones Daniela Taplin Lundberg Christopher Leggett will produce the film under their Automatic Stay Gold Features and Delirious Films banners respectively. Fred Berger will serve as an executive producer.
LaBeouf had shared the screenplay with Har’el a friend and creative collaborator, who decided that she wanted to direct it. In April 2018, Noah Jupe joined the cast of the film. In May 2018, Clifton Collins Jr. Maika Monroe Natasha Lyonne Martin Starr Byron Bowers and Laura San Giacomo joined the cast of the film. In June 2018 it was announced FKA Twigs had joined the cast of the film.
From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf based on his own experiences, award winning filmmaker Alma Har’el brings to life a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams. Fictionalizing his childhood’s ascent to stardom, and subsequent adult crash landing into rehab and recovery Har’el casts Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges as Otis Lot navigating different stages in a frenetic career.
It had its world premiere at the Sun dance Film Festival on 25th January 2019. Shortly after, Amazon Studios acquired distribution rights to the film. This film to be released on 8th NOV 2019.