Oscar-nominated actor Lucas Hedges is in negotiations to star in HONEY BOY, an indie movie written by Shia LaBeouf that is based on the actor’s childhood and his explosive relationship with his father, the Tracking Board has exclusively learned.
Israeli-American filmmaker Alma Har’el (Bombay Beach) is directing the indie, which is being produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Chris Leggett. Production is slated to start in May in Los Angeles.
Honey Boy takes its title from LaBeouf’s father’s nickname for young Shia, whose alter ego here is Otis Lort. According to Showbiz 411, Otis is a 12-year-old kid who’s a rising star on TV, but his life revolves around his father James, an ex-con and recovering drug addict. James is a terrific conversationalist, but an utterly unreliable father. 10 years later, Otis is well on his way to being a trainwreck himself, having become unemployable in the movie industry. He is diagnosed as suffering from childhood PTSD… and then his estranged father comes calling once again.
LaBeouf will play James, while Hedges is nearing a deal to play Otis at age 22. The producers have sent out an open casting call seeking a young boy to play LaBeouf’s famous son, but submissions are due by Monday, March 19.
Hedges is coming off supporting turns in a pair of Best Picture nominees — Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, not to mention his acclaimed performance in a third Best Picture nominee, Manchester by the Sea. He could find himself back in the Oscar race again next year, as he stars in Joel Edgerton’s gay conversion therapy drama Boy Erased.
Additionally, Hedges stars opposite Katherine Waterston in Jonah Hill’s upcoming directorial debut Mid ’90s, and the rising young actor has also wrapped his father Peter Hedges’ new film Ben Is Back, which pairs him with Julia Roberts. Lucas is represented by CAA, Anonymous Content and attorney Steve Breimer.
LaBeouf recently wrapped The Peanut Butter Falcon and will next be seen in Borg vs. McEnroe, which gets served up into theaters on April 13. He’s fantastic in the film, and he’s repped by CAA and John Crosby Management. Har’el is repped by WME and Independent Talent Group.
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