Shia LaBeouf Exits Broadway Show Over 'Creative Differences'

Celebrity News Feb. 21, 2013 AT 5:30AM
Shia Labeouf attends 'The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman' Premiere during the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival at the Berlinale Palast on February 9, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Shia Labeouf attends 'The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman' Premiere during the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival at the Berlinale Palast on February 9, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Credit: Dominique Charriau/WireImage

If you're looking for Shia LaBeouf, you can walk on by the Great White Way. The 26-year-old has exited what would've been his Broadway debut -- a revival of the Lyle Kessler play "Orphans."

"Due to creative differences, the producers of 'Orphans' and Shia LaBeouf will be parting ways and he will not be continuing with the production," the show's office said via a statement Wednesday.

LaBeouf was to play Treat, a petty thief caring for his younger brother, opposite Tom Sturridge and headliner Alec Baldwin. The statement said a replacement will be announced shortly.

That day likely won't come soon enough – the show starts previews on March 19 and is slated for an April 7 opening.

omg! spoke with a source close to the production, who admitted that LaBeouf's casting was never the most solid of transactions.

"Alec spent weeks reading with actors for Treat," the source said of the part. "Shia was a last-minute addition to the short list, with nowhere near as much vetting. But he's a name."

And now he's a name that won't appear alongside Baldwin's on the marquee. We're already anticipating Baldwin's thoughts on LaBeouf's departure.

LaBeouf will be seen in his native venue, the cineplex, in this year's "The Company You Keep" opposite Robert Redford.

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