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Shia LaBeouf cast as a saint in ‘comeback’ movie role

Shia LaBeouf cast as a saint in ‘comeback’ movie role

Shia LaBeouf 'Nymphomaniac Volume I (long version)' Premiere - 64th Berlinale International Film Festival

Say what? Shia LaBeouf has landed his comeback role in Abel Ferrara’s new film months after he was accused of sexual battery by his ex-girlfriend FKA Twigs.

The American independent filmmaker revealed to Variety that the embattled actor has been cast in the lead role in his next movie, which will depict the younger years of Italian Saint Padre Pio.

“We’re doing a film about Padre Pio, he’s a monk from Puglia. It’s set in Italy right after World War I. He’s now a saint, he had stigmata. He was also in the middle of a very heavy political period in world history,” Ferrara said. “He was very young before he became a saint, so Shia LaBeouf is going to play the monk.”

Shia LaBeouf 23rd Annual Hollywood Film Awards - Red Carpet
Shia LaBeouf attends the 23rd Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 03, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for HFA)

The director’s close friend and regular collaborator Willem Dafoe is also circling a role alongside LaBeouf.

The casting news comes months after LaBeouf parted ways with his agency and reportedly took a break from acting after “Cellophane” singer Twigs – who starred alongside the actor in Honey Boy – filed a lawsuit in December accusing him of sexual battery, assault, and infliction of emotional distress during their brief relationship between 2018 and 2019.

Shia LaBeouf 2017 Toronto International Film Festival - "Borg/McEnroe" Press Conference
Shia LaBeouf speaks at the “Borg/McEnroe” press conference during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 7, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Getty Images)

The Transformers star denied the allegations and checked into rehab earlier this year. It was reported in June that Twigs and LaBeouf were engaged in “productive settlement negotiations” regarding the lawsuit and the next court date is set for 15 December.

He was most recently seen in David Ayer’s The Tax Collector and Netflix drama Pieces of a Woman, alongside Vanessa Kirby, last year.

Shia LaBeouf "Transformers 3" Germany Premiere
Shia LaBeouf on June 25, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Getty Images)

News of the casting quickly attracted controversy. ‘Shoots dogs. Beats women. Ummmm I’m gonna pass. Glad he got a Comeback Role though,’ Selling Sunset’s Chrishell Stause tweeted, echoing others concerns over the star getting a role despite the allegations against him. ‘Of course he is, no consequences,’ one wrote.

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The “shoots dogs” claim refers to allegations made by FKA Twigs that LaBeouf drove around Los Angeles shooting stray dogs to prepare for his performance in The Tax Collector.

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