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Shia LaBeouf to Star in Andrea Arnold’s ‘American Honey’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Shia LaBeouf is attached to star in British filmmaker Andrea Arnold’s first U.S.-based feature, “American Honey.”

Protagonist Pictures will introduce the coming-of-age drama to buyers at next month’s Cannes Film Festival.

The story centers on a runaway teenager who’s selling magazine subscriptions around the U.S. and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard-partying, law-bending and young love. Arnold also wrote the screenplay.

“American Honey” will be produced by Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy (“Beginners,” “Love Is Strange”) of New York-based Parts & Labor. Also producing are Thomas Benski and Lucas Ochoa from Pulse Films, alongside Pouya Shahbazian of Man Down Pictures. Film4 developed the film with Arnold, and is backing the project  and is backing it along with BFI and Trudie Styler, Celine Rattray and Charlotte Ubben of Maven Pictures”. Arnold, who won the Oscar in 2003 for her short film “Wasp,” last directed a bigscreen adaptation of Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights.” Her first two features, “Red Road” in 2006 and “Fish Tank” in 2009, both won BAFTAs, and both were awarded the jury prize at Cannes.

Last year, Arnold headed the Critics’ Week jury in Cannes.

LaBeouf has been drawn to artistic filmmakers like Arnold in the past, having worked with “Nymphomaniac” director Lars Von Trier.

The enigmatic actor was last seen in “Fury” with Brad Pitt and recently filmed “Man Down” alongside Kate Mara and Jai Courtney.

He is repped by CAA, John Crosby Management and Matt Saver.

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