Shia LaBeouf to Coach a Wrestler With Down Syndrome in Indie Movie “The Peanut Butter Falcon”


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After drawing acclaim for his supporting turn in American Honey, has settled on his next film, and it’s a tasty one titled , the Tracking Board has confirmed.

and will direct from their own screenplay, and will produce the indie movie, which is expected to be shopped to foreign buyers at Cannes later this month.

Described as an adventure drama in the vein of a Mark Twain tale, The Peanut Butter Falcon follows Zak, a young man with Down syndrome who runs away from home to pursue his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Along the way, Zak meets a small-time outlaw (LaBeouf) who becomes his unlikely friend and coach.

LaBeouf is one of the most gifted actors of his generation when he wants to be, and his should be on full display in the upcoming indie film Borg/McEnroe, in which he plays temperamental tennis pro John McEnroe. His other recent feature credits include David Ayer’s Fury and Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, both of which showcase the intensity that has become the ’s trademark.

LaBeouf is represented by , and attorney Matthew Saver. Variety broke the news of his casting.

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