Ben Foster replaces Shia LaBeouf on Broadway
FILE - This Jan. 18, 2013 file photo shows actor Ben Foster poses at the premiere of "Kill Your Darlings" during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Foster will replace Shia LaBeouf in the Broadway play "Orphans." LaBeouf left the production on Wednesday, Feb. 20, due to creative differences. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP, file)
NEW YORK (AP) — Shia LaBeouf is out. Ben Foster is in.
A day after LaBeouf stepped away from the play that would have marked his Broadway debut, he was replaced by Foster.
LaBeouf responded to the backstage turmoil by posting private messages from the show's actors and creative team sent to him that expressed sadness for any creative disagreements and high admiration for LaBeouf's skills.
Foster, whose film roles include "3:10 to Yuma" and "The Messenger" and who was on TV in "The Laramie Project" and "Six Feet Under," had auditioned for the revival of Lyle Kessler's play "Orphans" but had lost the role to the star of the "Transformers" franchise.
After LaBeouf left the production on Wednesday due to what were described as "creative differences," Foster was picked. After the change was announced, LaBeouf tweeted: "Ben Foster is a beast. He will kill it," in all capital letters. Foster will be making his Broadway debut.
The play, which premiered in 1983, tells the story of two orphaned brothers living in a decrepit Philadelphia row house who decide to kidnap a wealthy man. LaBeouf was to play one brother and and Tom Sturridge the other; Former "30 Rock" star Alec Baldwin will be the target.
The switch in actors hasn't delayed the show. Producers said "Orphans" will still open on March 19 at the Schoenfeld Theatre. Rehearsals restart Friday.
LaBeouf apparently stepped away from the play without burning too many bridges — at least according to the messages he's posted on Twitter. The actor published email messages between him, Baldwin, Sturridge and director Daniel Sullivan that indicated a somewhat amicable, if anguished, split.
FILE- In this May 19, 2012, file photo, actor Shia LaBeouf poses during a photo call for Lawless at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France. LaBeouf is pulling the plug on his Broadway debut. The star of the “Transformers” franchise had been slated to appear opposite Alec Baldwin in “Orphans” but producers said Wednesday that LaBeouf would not be continuing “due to creative differences.” (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
"Sorry for my part of a dis-agreeable situation," he wrote to Baldwin in an email posted on LaBeouf's Twitter feed. LaBeouf also posted his raw audition video, allowing the world to weigh in on his approach.
Baldwin apparently wrote to the younger actor: "I don't have an unkind word to say about you. You have my word."