After his breakout performance in A Quiet Place, Noah Jupe will next tackle the role of young Shia LaBeouf in the actor’s autobiographical film Honey Boy. In recent years, LaBeouf has become more known for weird stunts and disturbing brushes with the law than his actual film work. At one time the actor was regarded as a true rising star, capable of snagging high profile roles in franchise films like Transformers and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Sadly for LaBeouf, his once promising acting career has hit the skids after a multitude of controversies, including charges of plagiarism, numerous arrests for violent behavior, and miscellaneous examples of ripping his own prior works. Now LaBeouf will tell his side of the story in a biopic he wrote himself under the pseudonym Otis Lort. In a move that ranks among the actor’s strangest decisions, LaBeouf will play a version of his own real-life father in the film, with Lucas Hedges cast as Shia himself.
As reported by THR, Jupe will also join Honey Boy in the role of a younger Shia LaBeouf. Jupe plays the character, also renamed Otis Lort, as a young boy just getting into acting, while Hedges plays the character as he’s getting his first big break (LaBeouf’s first break came in the Disney Channel show Even Stevens). LaBeouf’s father character, meanwhile, is a recovering heroin addict and former clown performer.
Jupe already has an extensive resume to his name, after just a few years in acting. In 2017 he appeared in four movies, including George Clooney’s Suburbicon and the sleeper hit Wonder starring Jacob Tremblay. In 2018 he appears in the Netflix-released sci-fi movie The Titan and in the Will Ferrell-John C. Reilly comedy Holmes and Watson. But of course, Jupe’s biggest role to date came as part of a family trying to survive an alien invasion in John Krasinski’s smash hit horror movie A Quiet Place. The harrowing experience of starring in A Quiet Place should help prepare the young actor to play opposite Shia LaBeouf, a performer known for his explosive personality (he did once punch Tom Hardy in the face on a film set).
Given Shia LaBeouf’s strange personal background and spotty professional history, Honey Boy will surely face many naysayers. LaBeouf often can be compelling as a performer but, just as often, he can be his own worst enemy. After stumbling on his way, LaBeouf has tried in recent months to make amends for his past behavior, while attempting to re-start his career. LaBeouf currently stars as John McEnroe in the sports biopic Borg v. McEnroe, and is also set to star in The Peanut Butter Falcon opposite Jon Bernthal, Dakota Johnson, Bruce Dern, and John Hawkes.
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