A partial film family has formed.
Robert De Niro and Shia LaBeouf have joined the upcoming drama "After Exile" and will star as father and son, Deadline reports. They'll portray characters based on real people. The script was written by Anthony Thorne and Michael Tovo, and it draws inspiration from Tovo's life.
Joshua Michael Stern ("Jobs") will direct the film. It follows Mike Delaney (LaBeouf) as he reenters his old life after time in prison. He and his father, Ted Delaney (De Niro), another ex-con, try to keep Mike's younger brother from getting into a life of drugs and crime. It's said to be a story about the hard road to forgiveness and redemption.
De Niro is a two-time Academy Award winner, earning the awards for his roles in "The Godfather Part II" and "Raging Bull." More recently, he starred in "The Comedian," and he'll be seen in the much-anticipated upcoming films "Joker" and "The Irishman." LaBeouf's latest, "The Peanut Butter Falcon," hit theaters this month, and he'll next be seen in "Honey Boy," which is loosely based on his own childhood. He's also starred in films like "American Honey" and "Man Down."
"After Exile" comes from Pacifc Shore Films, with producers Anthony Thorne and Steve Snyder. Les Cohen will executive produce. Production is set to begin in Philadelphia in October.