Bruce Dern and Dakota Johnson are joining Shia LaBeouf in The Peanut Butter Falcon.
Tyler Nilson and Mike Schwartz wrote and will direct the story about a crab fisherman as he embarks on a journey to get a young man with Down syndrome to a professional wresting school in rural North Carolina and away from the retirement home where he’s lived most of his life.
Newcomer Zachary Gottsagen, who is the inspiration for the film, will play the principal character of Zak.
Tim Zajaros and Christopher Lemole will produce and finance the film via their Armory Films banner. Bona Fide Productions’ Albert Berger will also produce along with Lije Sarki, David Thies and Ron Yerxa, who worked with Dern on 2013’s Nebraska. Grammy and Oscar winner T Bone Burnett will also produce the film, as well as the soundtrack.
Production will begin this month in Savannah, Ga.