Anyone hoping to see Shia LaBeouf’s Broadway debut this year will have to wait a little longer, as the actor has abruptly exited the revival of Lyle Kessler’s play “Orphans” which is also set to star Alec Baldwin.
LaBeouf’s departure doesn’t give producers much time to find a replacement, “Orphans” is scheduled to begin previews on March 19 ahead of an April 7 opening.
There’s no official word on what caused LaBeouf to leave (or someone to show him the door) beyond the standard “creative differences.” But The New York Times reports that director Daniel Sullivan was concerned with LaBeouf’s “performance choices in the emotionally volatile and ultimately tragic role.”
After discussions that involved the producers, LaBeouf is no longer with the project. Baldwin and co-star Tom Sturridge (“On the Road”) are expected to continue with their roles.