Shia LaBeouf drops out of Broadway debut due to ‘creative differences’

By Daniel S Levine,

Shia LaBeouf’s fans hoping that the actor makes the jump to Broadway will have to wait a little longer. Two months after booking his Broadway debut alongside Alec Baldwin in Orphans, the actor has dropped out of the production.

The production, announced in December, would have starred the former Transformers actor in a new production of Lyle Kessler’s 1983 drama. He was set to play Treat, one half of a pair of brothers. Baldwin is set to play a mobster named Harold. Tom Sturridge later joined the cast.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show’s producers announced today that LaBeouf has dropped out, citing creative differences.

“Due to creative differences, the producers of Orphans and Shia LaBeouf will be parting ways and he will not be continuing with the production. An announcement on the replacement for the role of 'Treat' will be made shortly,” the statement read.

Orphans is still scheduled to start previews at the Schoenfeld Theatre on March 19, with opening night set for April 7.

LaBeouf and Baldwin have not commented on the news.

LaBeouf has been making daring choices of late, recently starring in Lawless and having just made Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac. He will next be seen alongside Robert Redford in The Company You Keep.

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