It is such a madcap idea that only one man could pull it off, Shia Labeouf made a film about himself and it actually looks pretty good. Before any of you turn away just give the trailer a watch and see what you think.
Amazon Studios are marketing this film as follows: From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har’el (Bombay Beach, LoveTrue) brings to life a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father and deal with his mental health. Fictionalizing his ascent to stardom, and subsequent crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har’el casts Noah Jupe (A Quiet Place) and Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased, Manchester by the Sea) as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career. LaBeouf takes on the therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. Dancer-singer FKA twigs makes her feature-film debut, playing neighbor and kindred spirit to the younger Otis in their garden-court motel home. Har’el’s feature narrative debut is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between filmmaker and subject, exploring art as medicine and imagination as hope through the life and times of a talented, traumatized performer who dares to go in search of himself.
The film appears to be brutally honest and without any sense of self gratification, which is nearly impossible. It has me intrigued and I think this may be remembered as a modern masterpiece. All I know is that with Shia playing his dad it brings a certain heart breaking layer to the story, especially when you see him lament about how he would have nothing without his son. Interesting note in casting is that the always brilliant FKA Twigs will also be in the film, we have never seen her act before but in all things she is an epic talent, so I doubt she would suck at acting.
It will be an interesting project and I am dying to know what do you all think?