Shia LaBeouf Befriends a Boy With Down Syndrome in ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’

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Today we receive the first trailer for Shia LaBeouf‘s new movie, The Peanut Butter Falcon. Written and directed by newcomers Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, the film centers around a small time outlaw (LaBeouf) who forms an unlikely bond with a boy with Down syndrome (Zack Gottsagen).

LaBeouf’s Tyler and Gottsagen’s Zak wind up on the road together after Zak runs away from a residential nursing home to pursue his dream of becoming a wrestler. Tyler ultimately decides to help Zak get to the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). Along the way, the two convince a caring nursing home employee by the name of Eleanor (Dakota Johnson) to join them on their journey.

Pegged as a modern take on a Mark Twain adventure, The Peanut Butter Falcon won the Narrative Spotlight audience award at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. You can catch the movie in theaters August 9.

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