The retirement may not be over for Shia LaBeouf after all. The Transformers franchise lead Shia LaBeouf will not be in the up-coming star-studded comedy Rock The Kasbah directed by Barry Levinson. The actor had originally taken the role just weeks after declaring that he was retiring from all public life.
Rock The Kasbah is currently in pre-production and features such big names as Bill Murray and Bruce Willis. The film tells the tale of a washed-up rock and roll manager who takes his only remaining client to Afghanistan on a USO tour. He soon finds himself stuck alone in Kabul, completely broke and without any form of ID when he happens upon an extremely talented little girl with an incredibly singing voice. He decides to manage her through her journey on Afghan Star, the country’s insanely popular adaptation of American Idol. In the film, LaBeouf was reported to be playing a supporting role as one half of a military duo with Eastbound & Down’s Danny McBride. How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days actress Kate Hudson has also signed on for a supporting role in the movie. No actor has been announced at this time to replace Shia LaBeouf since he stated he will not be in Barry Levinson’s comedy Rock The Kasbah.
The actor made his big break on the Disney Channel show Even Stevens and has been in several high profile films throughout his career including the forth entry in the Indiana Jones franchise. Most recently, LaBeouf appeared in Lars Von Trier’s two-part controversial epic Nymphomaniac. With Shia dropping out of Rock The Kasbah, the actor now has no commitments to any future film or television projects. Shia’s next high profile film to be released as he enters into retirement will be the World War II film entitled Fury directed by David Ayer. Fury stars Brad Pitt as the leader of a five-man tank crew, Shia places one of the five.
Shia LaBeouf so far has not given any reason for his exit from the film but sources close to the production reported that the actor’s decision to leave was amicable with the crew. LaBeouf has been in a series of strange events leading up to the actor’s announced retirement from the public eye. Aside from a long and bizarre plagiarism scandal, the actor also attended the premier of the Von Trier’s film Nymphomaniac with a paper bag over his head and the words “I Am Not Famous Anymore” scribbled across the bag. Shia signed onto Rock The Kasbah just a few short weeks after his declared retirement due to his artistic integrity being under question and constant assault.
While Shia LaBeouf will not be in Rock The Kasbah, the film should still be quite the draw when it is released. The film is financed by Venture Forth and QED International Productions and will be distributed domestically by Open Road. Whether or not this truly does mark the end of Shia LaBeouf’s acting career will remain to be seen.
By Benjamin Murray