Giving audiences a glimpse at the beautiful cinematography and raw performances that undoubtedly helped the director earn her third Jury Prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in May, A24 has released the first full-length trailer for Andrea Arnold’s nearly three-hour drama American Honey online.
World premiering as part of the Cannes competition slate, American Honey earned strong reviews from critics on the Croisette, namely for Arnold’s direction, the cast’s acting, and the eclectic soundtrack, which includes songs by Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, and Fetty Wap, to name a few.
During a spring break vacation, Arnold, who also wrote the screenplay for American Honey, reportedly spotted 20-year old Sasha Lane on the beach, and decided to cast her in the lead role. This marks Lane’s first part in a feature film, playing Star, a bored teenage girl who joins a traveling magazine sales crew fronted by Jake (Shia LaBeouf), whom she falls in love with as she embarks on an often dangerous journey into the world of crime, passion, and partying as she traverses the U.S. midwest.
Riley Keough (The Girlfriend Experience) and newcomer McCaul Lombardi also have supporting roles in the film. A24, the distributor behind recent Oscar winners like Ex Machina, Room, and Amy, acquired the film in January for domestic release, while Focus Features has international rights.
Production took place in 2015 on location throughout the Midwest, during which LaBeouf injured himself while filming a scene that required him to thrust his head through a glass window.
American Honey is set for release later this year, though a specific date has yet to be confirmed. Watch the film’s full trailer in the video below.