As of two weeks ago, it seemed that Transformers star Shia LaBeouf would not be a part of the upcoming film adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s Y: The Last Man.
He had seemingly opted out of the project where he would of again been paired with director D.J. Caruso. As a self-proclaimed lover of the comics himself, he admittedly stated that the lead character is far too similar to the Sam Witwicky character he plays in the Transformers franchise (and I would argue most other roles too…).
This was a very good thing as he was completely right. It’s too similar to his other roles and he’s far too over-exposed at the moment. I’d like someone else to have a stab at it and I think the movie would be better for it. As I said previously, pre-Transformers Shia would have been a very good choice for the role but I really don’t want to see him in it at the moment.
Well, now it looks like he may be back in the running.
Steve over at Collider spoke with Shia himself and they chatted about the Y: The Last Man project. After going over how much Shia and Caruso love the book (they say it’s their favorite), Shia said he still wants to do it, but again re-iterated that it’s just too much like the character he plays for Michael Bay (that little movie opens today by the way).
When asked if he could see himself in the role a few years from now, LaBeouf’s response was:
“Absolutely, man! In fact, that’s what’s going on right now. Vaughn and Ellsworth and DJ are writing the script now. The script is not ready to be shot. DJ is making a different movie right now. He’s making “Jack and the Beanstalk”. There’s just other things going on with DJ and I wouldn’t want to make the movie with anybody else because he loves it like I do. But I don’t think Vaughn is trying to give it to anybody else. I think that it is something that’s very realistic, it’s just not in the pipe for the next year.”
Of course he’s still interested. The comic series is amazing and was widely successful for fans and critics alike. The plan for the film is to make a franchise trilogy out of it so how could Shia not want to be a part of it? He’s only in the Transformers and Indiana Jones franchises at the moment, so he needs way more before he hits 30.
He also says there’s no way it’ll be done for next year which I said was pretty obvious two weeks ago. With them working on the script and timing issues with Shia’s upcoming schedule of films, let alone the director’s, it wont be done very soon.
What do you think of LaBeouf playing Yorick Brown in this project?