Shia LaBeouf Will Not Be ‘The Last Man’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 5:17 pm,

Y: The Last Man is the critically acclaimed and highly successful Vertigo comic series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. The story follows the epic journey of Yorick Brown and his pet monkey, Ampersand, as the only two known mammals possessing a Y chromosome left on earth as they travel through the new and chaotic world looking for answers and a long lost love.

The project has been set to be helmed by DJ Caruso (Disturbia, Eagle Eye) and for a long time, it seemed that Caruso’s go-to guy, Shia LaBeouf, would play the lead. LaBeouf was interested and pre-Transformers I would of said he’d be a pretty decent choice. The problem is that Shia’s now over-exposed and he plays the same guy in every movie he’s in.


Fortunately for us fans of the book, Shia realizes this to and has pulled himself out of the project stating that he’d be playing the same character as in Transformers, except with a pet monkey:

“You take Sam and you put a monkey on his shoulder… I don’t know if it’s that big a differential. It seems like he’s the ordinary guy in an extraordinary situation again… I’m not willing to make that movie currently, and may be too old to play the role by the time it does come around.”

Like I said, pre-Transformers I would have been okay with him in the role. I hope that we see some movement on this film and some casting choices soon. The plan is apparently to make the series into a trilogy of movies and the script is in development. Similar to another successful Vertigo comic series, Preacher, we’ve not seen much movement on that recently other than an update about the script still being worked on.

Y: The Last Man is one of my favorite comic books and once I started, I was hooked. It includes some of the best characters and character development out there and the relationships and stories depicted throughout the long journey make it a must-read for everyone.

What do you think of Shia taking himself out of the running for the role?

Y: The Last Man was planned as a 2010 release but I expect it won’t be out till 2011 at the earliest as there’s been no real movement recently.

Source: Wired (via Coming Soon)

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  1. I know mostly everyone here hates Shia, but I don’t mind him. Battle of Shaker Heights, Holes, Constantine, even Disturbia, he plays it straight.
    I think the problem is that he’s just associated with the current “stars” whom everybody hates and rightfully so.

  2. I have nothing against Shia, and after seeing Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I started to warm to the idea of him in the role of Yorick. However, I was never really excited about the prospect, so I can’t say I’m shaken up over this news.

    Still, I can’t help worry that without a lead or finished script being announced several years into the film’s development (and with Caruso saying he wanted to start filming last autumn), we’re getting closer to development hell with the Y movie.

  3. I personally like the guy. I would have liked to see him in the movie.

    But you know what? Good for Shia, He knows whats up.

    And Sure he plays the same character in all of his movies, but so do a bunch of other likable actors.

    All the hate people have from him just stems from Jealously in my opinion. They are angry that an average unremarkable guy gets famous and successful (secretly wishing it was them instead).

  4. I enjoy most of Shia’s work. But then, I am a guy who has a similar sense of humor to the characters he plays.

  5. Classy move on his part.
    But it might take longer to find someone now.
    We shall see.

  6. So,
    who is in the front running for the part now?

  7. I agree, it is more over-exposure than any talent issues. He respects the role, so I’m willing to throw a little respect his way.

  8. Bradley Cooper?

  9. I would’ve liked LaBeouf in the role, but a good replacement? Joseph Gordon-Levitt. His profile is rising now that he’s got G.I. Joe and Inception coming up, so the timing would be good to give him a lead role.

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