Robert De Niro and Shia LaBeouf have both signed up to star ‘After Exile’, inspired by the real-life events of a convicted murderer.
LaBeouf plays a man released from prison for killing an innocent man after a violent robbery.
De Niro will play Ted Delaney, an ex-con who lost his wife years ago and now suffers from alcoholism and guilt. All he has left is the instinct to save his two sons from the dark and destructive paths they are on.
The film tells the story of Mike Delaney (LaBeouf) who, after being released from prison for killing an innocent man after a violent robbery, must re-enter his old life where he and his ex-criminal father (De Niro) attempt to save his younger brother from a life of drugs and crime. The drama is about the difficult trajectory toward forgiveness and redemption.
Joshua Michael Stern is set to direct a script from by Anthony Thorne and Michael Tovo. Thorne will also produce.
LaBeouf previous films include ‘American Honey’ and ‘Borg McEnroe’, his upcoming projects include ‘Peanut Butter Falcon’ which has received positive feedback. He will also star in ‘Honey Boy’ a semi-autobiographical drama he wrote.
De Niro will be seen later in the year in Todd Philips stand-alone ‘Joker’ movie in the role of Murray Franklin and in Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ alongside Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel and Joe Pesci. De Niro is also a co-producer on the film. Other upcoming work includes ‘The Comeback Trial’ and ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ in which he will yet again reunite with Scorsese.