Shia LaBeouf Reaches Settlement with ORPHANS Producers
Back in February, it was announced that due to creative differences, the producers of Orphans and Shia LaBeouf would part ways and he would not continue with the production. After additional details on the termination were revealed by LaBeouf on Twitter, he was then replaced by Ben Foster, who co-starred with Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge in the production, which concluded its Broadway run on May 19.
Now accoridng to the New York Times, a settlement has at last been reached between LaBeouf and the producers. Settlement details were not released, however both parties "resolved their differences," after LaBeouf claimed unfair termination from the production.
Producers Robert Cole and Frederick Zollo released the following statement: "We regret the circumstances that caused Shia's departure from 'Orphans.' Shia is a gifted actor whose full preparation to undertake the role of Treat demonstrated his respect and devotion to the play. The parties recognize that neither Mr. LaBeouf nor the producers was at fault. We have the utmost respect for Shia and his acting abilities, and would welcome the opportunity to work with him in the future."
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In ORPHANS, two orphaned brothers are living in a decrepit North Philadelphia row house. Treat, the eldest, (Foster), supports his damaged younger sibling Phillip (Sturridge) by petty thievery, and makes the house a virtual prison for the seemingly simple-minded Phillip. One night he kidnaps a rich older man, Harold (Baldwin), who turns out to have his own motives and becomes the father figure the boys have always yearned for.
ORPHANS received several accolades including Tony Nominations for Best Leading Actor Tom Sturridge and Best Revival of a Play. Alec Baldwin was nominated for a Drama League Award and the production was also nominated for Outstanding Revival of a Play by the Outer Critics Circle.