Y: The Last Man Might Still Be Shia LaBeouf

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

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?

Source: Collider

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  1. I am not familar with the books Y the Last Man but I feel if Shia wants to do this he should wait until he is 28yrs old. Why? He is over exposed! At age 23 he is being fed to us as a lawyer,stockbroker,action hero Whoa! do a comedy or something!!We as an audience can only suspend our imagination for so long,we need a Shia break or a Shia breakthough!

  2. I could never really get into the Y series.
    The plot was interesting enough I guess but the Amazon characters annoyed the crap out of me.

  3. For those unfamiliar with Y, all the males on the planet drop dead(as i recall even the sperm with y chromosomes becomes sterile) except for a young man and his pet monkey, who luckily we never get to see spanked. The world is then run by women who split into various warring factions, and once the young man’s existence is known they’re all trying to get their hands on him in an attempt to keep the race going – except for Amazons who want to kill him. This is what i remember from the few issues i read, and as i recall it’s quite fascinating stuff, but this La Beouf kid looks way too weird for such an everyman figure.

  4. i like the idea, even though it really is the same type of humor!!!

  5. I somewhat dislike the comparisons to Transformers — that is a cartoon franchise (even the live-action movies) and Y is a deep, emotionally wrenching experience. Xigbar, give it another chance! I promise the Amazons are only a major part of the story for the first 2 (of 10) books.

    As for who could play Yorick, how about Zachary Levi or Michael Cera?

  6. This kid is just the flavor of the day…

    Next,,,

  7. “Alas, poor Yorick, how shall we cast him?”

  8. For starter i never thought Shia would be a good fit for Yorick, but I did like how he was familar with the comics.Other than that, he was not right for the role. Yorick is probably one of the only comic book characters that i havent casted in my head for a movie ( since they are never really left alone, and all do become movie characters) but a friend of mine did mention one actor who i think possibly could do it, Chris Pine (Captin Kirk- Star Trek). He seems like he could handle the wit and humor of Yorick, along with bringing more to the role. I know that one of the points Shia makes for not wanting to do the part is that he will be too old for it when it does finally get around to shooting, but who is ever really the right age in the movie, you have thirty year olds playing seventeen year old high school jock for cryin out loud.When in all truth he does look too young and doesnt seem to have the emotional acting skills to take on the part. So i am a happy Y: The Last Man fan, at least for now.

  9. Shia is not right for this role. Yorick Brown is an attractive man, and Shia looks like a weird teenager. I’ve never found him to be a strong or convincing character, but I will admit he has a place in the film industry. Not as an adult right though. He just doesn’t look the part. I am a huge fan of movies and Y: The Last Man, so I would be extremely disappointed if Shia played the role. I feel like it would ruin the whole movie for me, and I wouldn’t even be interested in seeing it. Why would I trust D.J. Caruso to make the rest of the film fit the comic book I love when he can’t even cast a convincing character for the most important role?

  10. Well, I was worried when I heard Michael Keaton was going to play Batman but he turned out fine. Maybe Shia will as well.