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New rumored actor for The Bourne Legacy: Shia LeBeouf

Mar. 1, 2011by: Paul Tassi

The other day we heard about the all the possible young actors lined up to fill Matt Damon’s shoes in the new Bourne movie, THE BOURNE LEGACY. Then I realized that wasn’t happening at all, that this is actually an entirely new character just operating in the Bourne universe. Uh what the hell?

Ill-conceived as the idea may be, it’s attracting a lot of young talent to the project. The list so far is sprawling and includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch, Kellan Lutz, Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender, Luke Evans, Alex Pettyfer, and Benjamin Walker.

But now What's Playing says that there’s another actor in the mix, young Shia LaBeouf who I guess is looking for his next big franchise after TRANSFORMERS wraps. He’s proved very adept at running away from things in nearly all of his films, but making him an action star?

I’m not so anti-LaBeouf where I claim the kid doesn’t have the potential for a big future in the industry, but I don’t think Bourne Replacement is exactly in his wheelhouse.

Out of that entire list, there are a few wonky picks in there. Paul Dano, really? Is Josh Hartnett still acting? Is Michael Fassbender younger than Matt Damon? (yes, but still). This whole project just seems like a strange idea to me, and it would be far stranger if LaBeouf got the part.

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1:20PM on 03/01/2011

This movie is pointless

I actually like LeBeouf (and have since his Even Stevens days) -- he gets way too much hate sometimes...but the whole idea behind this film seems quite pointless and motivated by money more than anything else. Why not just wait until Damon and Greengrass come back around? Do we really need this shit?
I actually like LeBeouf (and have since his Even Stevens days) -- he gets way too much hate sometimes...but the whole idea behind this film seems quite pointless and motivated by money more than anything else. Why not just wait until Damon and Greengrass come back around? Do we really need this shit?
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2:16PM on 03/01/2011
I like Lebeouf, too. He's my fave male actor outta that generation and Emma Stone is my fave female actress outta that generation. They both take heat, too, which is unwarranted.
I like Lebeouf, too. He's my fave male actor outta that generation and Emma Stone is my fave female actress outta that generation. They both take heat, too, which is unwarranted.
1:20PM on 03/01/2011
This project just went from ill advised to a joke. On the other hand, watching Shia kickass like Bourne will turn this into possibly the funniest movie of the year.
This project just went from ill advised to a joke. On the other hand, watching Shia kickass like Bourne will turn this into possibly the funniest movie of the year.
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1:26PM on 03/01/2011
would EASILY be as believable as Damon doing it . . .
would EASILY be as believable as Damon doing it . . .
1:23PM on 03/01/2011

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

I'll probably get reported for this, but after just watching Identity on Sunday and my love for the other two as well. (not often a series stays just as good or gets better) This is fuckin' bullshit!
I'll probably get reported for this, but after just watching Identity on Sunday and my love for the other two as well. (not often a series stays just as good or gets better) This is fuckin' bullshit!
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1:28PM on 03/01/2011
If the direction and writing is on par w/ the others, it will satisfy. And I agree w/ filmaddict, LeBeouf gets WAY too much hate. The only knock on him I see is Transformers. OK, that's 3 knocks . . . Oops, forgot about Indi 4 . . .
If the direction and writing is on par w/ the others, it will satisfy. And I agree w/ filmaddict, LeBeouf gets WAY too much hate. The only knock on him I see is Transformers. OK, that's 3 knocks . . . Oops, forgot about Indi 4 . . .
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1:38PM on 03/01/2011

In the words of Will smith...

Awwww hell nawwwww!!!
Awwww hell nawwwww!!!
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1:45PM on 03/01/2011

Bad Idea Jeans

This is the extent of The Beef's fighting prowess:

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I don't expect it will improve.
This is the extent of The Beef's fighting prowess:

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I don't expect it will improve.
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1:47PM on 03/01/2011
Enough of the LaBeouf hatred. The guy is a completely capable actor. He wouldn't be my first choice for this role, but I could see it working if he gets it.

Commence vote downs.
Enough of the LaBeouf hatred. The guy is a completely capable actor. He wouldn't be my first choice for this role, but I could see it working if he gets it.

Commence vote downs.
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1:57PM on 03/01/2011
Marko-
I do agree, and that's why he wouldn't be my first choice for Bourne, but they could certainly do worse. I think Tobey Maguire was mentioned. That's just a completely asinine choice. How about DJ Qualls for Bourne, while they are at it?
Marko-
I do agree, and that's why he wouldn't be my first choice for Bourne, but they could certainly do worse. I think Tobey Maguire was mentioned. That's just a completely asinine choice. How about DJ Qualls for Bourne, while they are at it?
1:52PM on 03/01/2011
He's a very capable actor but there are roles that are just wrong for any actor, full stop. I have an easier time picturing him befriending a robot that transforms into a car...

+1, though.
He's a very capable actor but there are roles that are just wrong for any actor, full stop. I have an easier time picturing him befriending a robot that transforms into a car...

+1, though.
1:52PM on 03/01/2011
I dont mind lebouf except for the fact he looks the spitting image an ex-friend of mine who became a complete dick when a few of us went on holiday to florida..Ive havnt spoken to him since and that was 3 years ago
I dont mind lebouf except for the fact he looks the spitting image an ex-friend of mine who became a complete dick when a few of us went on holiday to florida..Ive havnt spoken to him since and that was 3 years ago
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1:55PM on 03/01/2011

Good

Fuck those movies. And stay away from Indy.
Fuck those movies. And stay away from Indy.
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2:17PM on 03/01/2011
I'm not saying it would be a great idea, but I'm actually very curious to see how he could pull off a serious physical role like this.
I'm not saying it would be a great idea, but I'm actually very curious to see how he could pull off a serious physical role like this.
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7:45PM on 03/01/2011
Then you should have said you're neutral on this for now.
Then you should have said you're neutral on this for now.
2:20PM on 03/01/2011
No.

Aren't there any other DIFFERENT actors out there that could be considered instead of him. The only reason why they are considering him is because he will bring in an audience due to Transformers. But that doesn't make him the best choice.

This would be a horrible, horrible idea.
No.

Aren't there any other DIFFERENT actors out there that could be considered instead of him. The only reason why they are considering him is because he will bring in an audience due to Transformers. But that doesn't make him the best choice.

This would be a horrible, horrible idea.
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2:25PM on 03/01/2011

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STUPID idea. But the third movie wrapped the series up for me anyway.
STUPID idea. But the third movie wrapped the series up for me anyway.
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2:27PM on 03/01/2011

Might as well

The Beef is already known for joining a franchise and the installment with him sucks (i.e. Indy, Wall Street). We're all in agreeance that a Bourne without Damon is going to suck. Seems like a perfect fit.
The Beef is already known for joining a franchise and the installment with him sucks (i.e. Indy, Wall Street). We're all in agreeance that a Bourne without Damon is going to suck. Seems like a perfect fit.
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2:35PM on 03/01/2011
Man, the CIA's super-secret, super-proficient, super-assassins just keep getting younger and younger. How old's this one, twelve?

Maybe they send him back through time to assassinate dangerous people when they're still at school?
Man, the CIA's super-secret, super-proficient, super-assassins just keep getting younger and younger. How old's this one, twelve?

Maybe they send him back through time to assassinate dangerous people when they're still at school?
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2:42PM on 03/01/2011

Just wait a tic

Let's not forget all the nay sayers that thought Damon wasn't cut out for an action star...then he totally changed the game and absolutely killed it. I'm cool with LaBeouf taking over. He's definitely got the talent to pull it off.
That's what I loved so much about Bourne in the beginning, it was such a shock (actually not for me because I thought it was agreat idea in the first place)
Let's not forget all the nay sayers that thought Damon wasn't cut out for an action star...then he totally changed the game and absolutely killed it. I'm cool with LaBeouf taking over. He's definitely got the talent to pull it off.
That's what I loved so much about Bourne in the beginning, it was such a shock (actually not for me because I thought it was agreat idea in the first place)
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2:48PM on 03/01/2011

horrible.

Shia Lebeef is a terrible cast for the next born film. You Can't replace Matt Damon with theBeef. You just can't.
Instant credibility lost.
Shia Lebeef is a terrible cast for the next born film. You Can't replace Matt Damon with theBeef. You just can't.
Instant credibility lost.
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2:53PM on 03/01/2011
Is there any movie he's not rumored to be in?
Is there any movie he's not rumored to be in?
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2:55PM on 03/01/2011

I like Shia but...

He better gain about 40 lbs of muscle and practice a lot of fighting and gun use.
He better gain about 40 lbs of muscle and practice a lot of fighting and gun use.
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2:57PM on 03/01/2011
That is just wrong.

Garrett Hedlund would be a better choice.
That is just wrong.

Garrett Hedlund would be a better choice.
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3:24PM on 03/01/2011
*tosses a rope over a support and ties it on tight and then proceeds to stand on a chair*
*tosses a rope over a support and ties it on tight and then proceeds to stand on a chair*
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4:33PM on 03/01/2011
i can totally see shia parkouring over the nyc rooftops with a bunch of chimps following him.
i can totally see shia parkouring over the nyc rooftops with a bunch of chimps following him.
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4:37PM on 03/01/2011
Why is Shia LaBeouf a movie star? He's a great actor, but he's an awkward choice to be the headliner of any huge Hollywood franchise. I get Transformers, they centered it around a kid, and now we watch him grow. But this guy is getting insane offers for his age and body type. Plus, in interviews he's always come off more like an actor than a movie star, so why is he getting the push so much?
Why is Shia LaBeouf a movie star? He's a great actor, but he's an awkward choice to be the headliner of any huge Hollywood franchise. I get Transformers, they centered it around a kid, and now we watch him grow. But this guy is getting insane offers for his age and body type. Plus, in interviews he's always come off more like an actor than a movie star, so why is he getting the push so much?
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4:40PM on 03/01/2011

So Shia will throw coffee on his enemies and run away?

Seriously he isn't the worst actor but action hero?
Seriously he isn't the worst actor but action hero?
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4:44PM on 03/01/2011

hell no!

Shia is done, hes just a drunk that likes to get into bar fights. I would love to kick his douche bag face in!
Shia is done, hes just a drunk that likes to get into bar fights. I would love to kick his douche bag face in!
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5:25PM on 03/01/2011

Fuck

No
No
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5:56PM on 03/01/2011

Shia in every movie that comes out

the new nicolas cage
the new nicolas cage
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6:36PM on 03/01/2011
Well, most franchises jump the shark on its fourth outing -- it looks as though they're hoping to continue that trend. : P
Well, most franchises jump the shark on its fourth outing -- it looks as though they're hoping to continue that trend. : P
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6:58PM on 03/01/2011
How in hell is anyone going to believe that this little girl can beat ANYONE up?
How in hell is anyone going to believe that this little girl can beat ANYONE up?
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7:33PM on 03/01/2011
He can't beat anyone. Even he needed Optimus Prime to beat someone up.
He can't beat anyone. Even he needed Optimus Prime to beat someone up.
7:33PM on 03/01/2011
No. No. No. And No.
No. No. No. And No.
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8:08PM on 03/01/2011
If this happens, it'll be a new low for action heroes.
If this happens, it'll be a new low for action heroes.
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9:31PM on 03/01/2011
Untill this moment i was not interested on Bourneless Bourne movie but after the mention of LaBeouf I am all for it. There is alot of LaBeouf haters out there and i think most of it is a result of Indy 4. I myself am a big fan of any of his movies. Here's hoping this actually works out.
Untill this moment i was not interested on Bourneless Bourne movie but after the mention of LaBeouf I am all for it. There is alot of LaBeouf haters out there and i think most of it is a result of Indy 4. I myself am a big fan of any of his movies. Here's hoping this actually works out.
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9:58PM on 03/01/2011

Hmm... well... okay...

I saw Eagle Eye. It wasn't half bad. Maybe 49% bad but not quite half bad. I imagine a similar plot: Shia is recruited by the CIA because his twin brother died while undercover and they need someone who looks exactly like him to continue the mission. Otherwise it doesn't work because Shia doesn't play hard ass characters.
I saw Eagle Eye. It wasn't half bad. Maybe 49% bad but not quite half bad. I imagine a similar plot: Shia is recruited by the CIA because his twin brother died while undercover and they need someone who looks exactly like him to continue the mission. Otherwise it doesn't work because Shia doesn't play hard ass characters.
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11:36PM on 03/01/2011
They should've also cast Shia as the new Spider-Man. Then, he could cement his place in the record books as the actor that killed the most legendary franchises! Indy? Check. Bourne? Check.
They should've also cast Shia as the new Spider-Man. Then, he could cement his place in the record books as the actor that killed the most legendary franchises! Indy? Check. Bourne? Check.
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12:00AM on 03/02/2011
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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12:14AM on 03/02/2011
Oh, what a joke. The whole premise.
Oh, what a joke. The whole premise.
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3:03AM on 03/02/2011
If they can actually film an action sequence where Shia LaBeouf kicks ass, and it doesn't look completely absurd, it will be the greatest cinematic achievement ever accomplished.
If they can actually film an action sequence where Shia LaBeouf kicks ass, and it doesn't look completely absurd, it will be the greatest cinematic achievement ever accomplished.
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4:11AM on 03/02/2011
Ouch, so much hate for Shia. I like the kid, I'll admit. Been a fan of his since Even Stevens. However, even I think this is a bad idea. He's not bourne material. He's just not. But, I can't imagine they will cast him anyway.
Ouch, so much hate for Shia. I like the kid, I'll admit. Been a fan of his since Even Stevens. However, even I think this is a bad idea. He's not bourne material. He's just not. But, I can't imagine they will cast him anyway.
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7:11AM on 03/02/2011

No thanks

My usual post: The Bourne series is over. Any talk about who will be in a 4th movie is needless bullshit.
My usual post: The Bourne series is over. Any talk about who will be in a 4th movie is needless bullshit.
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10:39PM on 03/02/2011
I like Shia... but this is an awful idea.
I like Shia... but this is an awful idea.
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8:22AM on 03/03/2011

Eeeeh

I don't think this is a good idea at all but it isn't because I hate Shia, I've enjoyed (on some level) every movie I've seen of his besides Indy 4. I just don't think he fits this role ... and I don't think there should even be a role to be had if it isn't filled by Damon.

That said?

Before The Bourne Identity, did anyone see Matt Damon as an action star? Were people bashing that pick back then too? Look how that turned out.
I don't think this is a good idea at all but it isn't because I hate Shia, I've enjoyed (on some level) every movie I've seen of his besides Indy 4. I just don't think he fits this role ... and I don't think there should even be a role to be had if it isn't filled by Damon.

That said?

Before The Bourne Identity, did anyone see Matt Damon as an action star? Were people bashing that pick back then too? Look how that turned out.
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