At this point it shouldn’t come as too much of a shock to find out Shia LaBeouf is doing something that sounds a bit odd – indeed the only real shock would be if he signed on to make another Transformers movie. With Honey Boy he’s getting a bit personal and meta, playing his own father, while Variety reports Lucas Hedges has signed on to play a younger version of LaBeouf.
It’s a ballsy move for Hedges as he’ll be part of a movie loosely based on LeBeouf’s own life, and follows a ‘child star attempting to mend his relationship with his law-breaking, alcohol-abusing father over the course of a decade’. The title of the film, Honey Boy, comes from Shia’s childhood nickname. It’s got to be intimidating though for Hedges to be playing the person he’s starring with, while you have to hope something so personal won’t get to Shia too much.
Alma Har’el is set to direct the movie. It’s not clear when it might shoot.