Shia LaBeouf drops out of 'Orphans' due to 'creative differences'

By Steven Mitchell,

Shia LaBeouf has dropped out of a revival of Orphans less than a month before its opening night on Broadway.

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The show's producers claimed that LaBeouf backed out as a result of ”creative differences," The Wrap reports. Producers will announce a replacement for LaBeouf shortly.

Alec Bladwin (30 Rock) co-stars the play, which is directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan (Proof).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, even with the 26-year-old's departure the show must go on, and the producers plan to. Orphans previews are scheduled to begin March 19, with the opening scheduled to occur on April 7 at the Schoenfeld Theatre.

Orphans is a revival of the 1983 Lyle Kessler play that follows two orphan brothers in North Philadelphia living off petty thefts. LaBeouf was set to play the eldest brother with Tom Sturridge playing the younger brother. LaBeouf’s character kidnaps a mysterious rich man (Baldwin), who turns out to be the father figure the two orphan boys needed.

Promotional posters featuring the Transformers star have been posted all over New York City. The publicist for LaBeouf declined to comment on the matter. Baldwin’s reps did not respond right away for a comment.

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