Shia LaBeouf last played a free spirit in the critically acclaimed American Honey, but the actor’s going in the opposite direction for his next project: In Man Down, he portrays a U.S. Marine named Gabriel who returns home from war to find a chaotic America — and his wife (Kate Mara) and son (Charlie Shotwell) missing.
Gabriel revisits his traumatic past in a new trailer for the film, which also stars Jai Courtney, Gary Oldman, and Clifton Collins Jr. There’s plenty of screaming, shooting, and somber looks from LaBeouf, who screened the film during last year’s #ALLMYMOVIES, a project where he watched his entire filmography in a New York City cinema with a revolving door of theatergoers.
Although LaBeouf previously has starred in a war movie — 2014’s Fury — this one deals specifically with the consequences of war — ones that seem to affect his character deeply.
“What happened in that room is real,” he says, tearing up, at one point in the clip. “I can’t take that back. But I can’t rewind it.”
Man Down marks the second time LaBeouf has worked with director Dito Montiel, with whom he previously collaborated on 2006’s A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. “[Montiel] came to my house when I was in a really low place and offered it to me like therapy,” LaBeouf said at 2015’s Venice Film Festival. “Like, ‘Here’s a healing process so we can jump in together and get well.'”
Man Down arrives in theaters Dec. 2. Watch the trailer above.