Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Shia LaBeouf set for American Honey

Director Andrea Arnold has won plaudits for the UK based likes of Red Road (2006), Fish Tank (2009) and Wuthering Heights (2011). It was announced last May that she was set to head across the Atlantic for her latest, American Honey. Now news arrives via Variety that Arnold has landed Shia LaBeouf (Fury) to star.

In keeping with at least two of her previous efforts, Arnold's latest script once again explores a difficult coming of age experience. Arnold has already made several trips across the pond, to conduct research by immersing herself with a real life magazine sales team. American Honey will focus on an Almost Famous (2000) style story of a teenage girl who joins such a team and is plunged into the world of parties, law bending and young love.

We would guess that LaBeouf will play someone of influence who comes into contact with the main character. With any luck, his presence means Arnold can once again cast a newcomer and make the sort of discovery she found with Fish Tank's Katie Jarvis.

There is no sign of a start date yet, but the producers will be shopping the film's rights at the Cannes Film Festival next month. It's certainly a place where Arnold has had plenty of success, as both Red Road and Fish Tank scored Jury prizes there in 2006 and 2009 respectively.

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