Shia LaBeouf was starring in what would have been his Broadway debut alongside Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge until yesterday, when the actor dropped out of Lyle Kessler’s play because of creative differences. Then came the fun part, when LaBeouf took to his Twitter feed to show off emails allegedly sent between him, Baldwin, Kessler and director Daniel Sullivan that ran the gamut from apologies to rantings, including Baldwin and LaBeouf promising not to talk bad about each other and LaBeouf mentioning putting his fist through a door during rehearsals (“i’m a child dont mind me”, he wrote to Kessler). He also posted his audition video. Now it is Ben Foster (The Messenger) stepping into the fray, taking on LaBeouf’s role of Treat. (For the record, LaBeouf tweeted today: BEN FOSTER IS A BEAST. HE WILL KILL IT.) Foster was front-and-center at Sundance last month, starring as William Burroughs in Kill Your Darlings and as a deputy in Ain’t Them Body Saints. He next stars on the big screen opposite Mark Wahlberg in Peter Berg’s SEAL Team 10 tale Lone Survivor from Universal. Despite all of the drama, previews on Orphans still are set to begin March 19 and opening night is April 7 at the Schoenfeld Theatre.
Shia LaBeouf is parting ways with the producers of Orphans “due to creative differences” and will not be continuing with the production, according to a statement from the show’s public relations office. The statement adds that a replacement for the role of Treat will be announced shortly. LaBeouf was added to the cast in December in what would have been his first Broadway role. Orphans, by Lyle Kessler and directed by Daniel Sullivan, stars Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge in a story about two brothers living in a Philadelphia row house. The production is still scheduled to begin previews March 19 with opening night set for April 7 at the Schoenfeld Theatre.
How many StarWagons can fit on the Great White Way? Lyle Kessler’s play Orphans has added Shia LaBeouf to its cast in what will be the actor’s first Broadway role. Alec Baldwin had already been cast in the story of two brothers living in a Philadelphia row house. LaBeouf will play Treat, the older of the pair; Baldwin will play the rich man Treat kidnaps to help support his damaged younger sibling. Previews on the revival begin March 19 at the Schoenfeld ahead of an April 7 opening. The play opened in 1983 in LA and was mounted in London among other places, but this will mark its first time on Broadway. A 1987 feature film starred Matthew Modine as Treat. The LaBeouf casting is the latest from Broadway producers looking to add Hollywood star power to their marquees, joining the likes of Al Pacino (Glengarry Glen Ross) and Scarlett Johansson (Cat On A Hot Tin Roof).