The Wizard by way of Mark Twain and Fighting with My Family, The Peanut Butter Falcon marks the feature debut of Zack Gottsagen, a young man with Down syndrome who’s had dreams of becoming an actor. And good for him, because now he’s in a movie alongside Shia Labeouf, Dakota Johnson, John Hawkes, Thomas Haden Church, Jon Bernthal, Bruce Dern, Yelawolf, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, and Mick Foley.
Gottsagen stars as Zak, who breaks out of his care home in the hopes of attending a pro wrestling school. Along the way, he befriends LaBeouf’s Tyler; caretaker Eleanor (Johnson) eventually catches up to them, and then we’ve got a little love story on the side of our main course of feel-good follow-your-dream journey.
The stars of Nymphomaniac and Fifty Shades of Grey will stir our emotions again when The Peanut Butter Falcon hits theaters August 9.