In an unexpected turn-of-events, it appears that actor Shia LaBeouf is going to pass on starring in the feature film adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan‘s brilliant graphic novel, Y: The Last Man, as Yorick Brown — a role that he had long been rumored to be a lock for.
It seems like an eternity ago that we heard that a movie based on Y was on the way. Then it was announced that Disturbia director D.J. Caruso would be directing the movie, and that the then-budding superstar LaBeouf would be starring. All was good in the world then.
Since that time, LaBeouf has become one of the top young faces of Hollywood, starring in blockbuster franchises with Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. This explosion of popularity has ultimately left a bitter taste in many a mouths and the once-perfect fit for Y: The Last Man suddenly didn’t seem so appealing anymore.
What’s worse than all of that is that Director D.J. Caruso became highly questionable after he helmed a second movie in Eagle Eye. Now, Disturbia and Eagle Eye are not terrible movies…but they’re not good either. Both are simply mediocre. The problem is: you look at those movies, and then you think about Y: The Last Man as created through those eyes, and it’s not long before one begins to realize that the purest of evil — that dreaded PG-13 rating — could in fact be a real, real possibility here. And if you’ve read Y: The Last Man, you know that would be right up there with Live Free or Die Hard and Terminator Salvation, if not even worse than them.
From Shia’s words, it doesn’t seem like he just doesn’t want to do it anymore, but more like he feels that he has played that role already as Sam Witwicky Transformers, and that he may have grown past the role. He then seems to solidify his exit from the role, but certainly leaves a tiny door open just in case he changes his mind.
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.
When Shia LaBeouf was first mentioned for the role, I was personally ecstatic; I thought he was a perfect fit. But because he has become so big since then, a lot of that excitement has disappeared for me. I still think that Shia could be a great Yorick, BUT, he’s now played so many familiar faces, that those varius characters would begin to melt together and that can be really distracting. Yorick has to be a talented actor, but also a relatively unknown.
My main concern remains with D.J. Caruso. No offense to him, but I just think this is far past his level, and really needs to be handled by someone who gets this type of film and will respect the source material completely. Maybe that young fella, Zack Snyder, for example.