Upstart studio A24 acquired the rights to distribute Andrea Arnold’s tasty new feature American Honey.
The company announced on Tuesday that it will handle domestic distribution on the Oscar winner’s drama, starring newcomer Sasha Lane, flanked by Shia LaBeouf and Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road).
“We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Andrea on this incredibly unique project,” A24 said in a statement. “She is a brilliant and fearless filmmaker, and with American Honey, she is making what is sure to be not only one of the most daring, provocative films of the year, but also a defining portrait of a generation. It’s a perfect match for our company and we can’t wait to get started on the release.”
Despite its name, American Honey sounds anything but sweet. Arnold’s project follows a group of mischievous teenagers hustling during the day for money by selling magazine subscriptions; after, they party the night away, all the while traveling across Middle America.
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The movie was filmed on location in the Midwest and boasts a soundtrack that encapsulates 2015, from Fetty Wap to Bruce Springsteen.
LaBeouf injured himself in June while on set of the film, receiving stitches to his hand and head. He was reportedly doing a scene in which he had to force his head throw a glass window.
American Honey was produced by Parts & Labor, Pulse Films, and ManDown Pictures. It’s aiming for a release in the second half of 2016.