No one pins down LaBeouf. No one. He does what he wants. He says what he feels. And he bails on whichever movies he feels like, because they might interfere with his "official" retirement.
Which is why THR is reporting that Shia LaBeouf has departed Barry Levinson’s planned comedy Rock the Kasbah. The movie doesn’t need more star power. The all-star ensemble so far boasts Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson and Danny McBride, to name just a few. LaBeouf likely would be four or five on that call sheet, as it stands, and replacing him might not be much of an issue. But deep down, we’re a little bit sad, because the idea of LaBeouf trying to get through a production with unpredictable talents like Murray and Willis would have fed us months of fantastic behind-the-scenes stories. Alas, Levinson’s production likely will run smoothly now. That’s a shame.
Why would we assume this? Well, there was the time LaBeouf took pictures of his penis and emailed them to producers of Nymphomaniac. Or the time he bailed on a press conference after nonsensically answering one question. Classic LaBeouf.
Rock the Kasbah has such a great premise. It follows a magician’s manager (Murray) who attempts to bring his client to Afghanistan for a USO tour stop, then gets stranded without money… or power. In order to get by, he takes a job managing an undiscovered singer and enters her into a popular national singing competition. Are you still with me? This is strange enough to actually work.
LaBeouf, according to THR, was supposed to play one half of a military duo, with McBride playing the other dude in the pair. The good news is that McBride can dial up any of his high-powered comedian friends to step in for LaBeouf. Send Levinson This Is The End as an audition reel.
Open Road will distribute the film, which is in pre-production. LaBeouf currently doesn’t have any other productions on his calendar, though he shortly will be busy promoting David Ayers’ World War II tank movie Fury, which is due in theaters in November. Can’t wait? He also directed Sabotage with Arnold Schwarzenegger, which arrived in theaters today.
We’ll continue to track the progress of Rock the Kasbah, which has such an interesting cast, it’s going to be worth our time with or without LaBeouf. Sooner or later, we’re going to live in a world where new LaBeouf movies won’t be part of our future. Don’t come crying to us when that post-apocalyptic wasteland of entertainment becomes our harsh reality.