In a classic adventure tale worthy of Mark Twain, a down-on-his-luck fisherman and a young man bent on achieving an impossible dream make their way down the waterways of a mythical American South with the help of a succession of colorful strangers. Starring Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson and newcomer Zack Gottsagen, The Peanut Butter Falcon is an inspiring and heartfelt slice of timeless Americana.
At loose ends since the death his brother, Tyler (LaBeouf) has resorted to stealing the catch of other crab fishermen to survive. At the same time, Zak, a young man with Down syndrome, dreams of life as a professional wrestler. They both soon find themselves on the lam, as Tyler is pursued by a pair of angry fisherman (John Hawkes and Yelawolf), while Zak busts out of his care facility and hightails it from North Carolina toward Florida to find the professional wrestling school of his hero, the Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church).
With no money, map or even pants, Zak’s plans soon come to a screeching halt, just like Tyler’s battered fishing boat. A chance meeting sets the pair on a path that introduces them to a world they never dreamed existed. Along with Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), a conscientious aide from Zak’s residence who comes to retrieve him, they set sail for a once-in-a-lifetime journey on a makeshift raft through an unfamiliar and extraordinary landscape.
Filmed in and around Savannah, Georgia, The Peanut Butter Falcon is a joyous and uplifting folk story that celebrates the friendship of three unexpectedly kindred spirits. The Peanut Butter Falcon is written and directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz in their feature film debuts. It stars Shia LaBeouf (Transformers franchise, American Honey), Dakota Johnson (50 Shades of Grey franchise, Suspiria), John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone, The Sessions), Bruce Dern (Nebraska, Coming Home), Thomas Haden Church (Sideways, Spider-Man 3), Jon Bernthal (“The Punisher,” The Wolf of Wall Street), rapper Yelawolf and, in a role written especially for him, Zack Gottsagen.
The Peanut Butter Falcon will be releasing in cinemas January 30, 2020!