Monday, June 17, 2024

Shia La Beouf May Be Reunited in Secret Film with “American History X” Director Tony Kaye


EXCLUSIVE You must remember this: a couple of years ago, Alec Baldwin and Shia LaBeouf were supposed to star together on Broadway in a revival of “Orphans.”

But Baldwin and LaBeouf fell out, and Shia left the production with a lot of public acrimony. Ben Foster replaced him in the role.

Now LaBeouf–who’s mostly been having sex on screen, making performance videos, acting kooky lately– and Baldwin may be reunited at last in a film directed by Tony Kaye called “Stranger than the Wheel.”

Kaye and LaBeouf have been working on “Stranger” very quietly for some time, I’m told. It’s the story of a young man tracing his relationship with an abusive father. Alec could be playing the dad. At least, that’s what Shia and Kaye want.

“Stranger than the Wheel” has been around a while. Back in 2000, Dennis Quaid was going to star in it. The original screenplay is by Joe Vinciguerra.

Kaye is the talented and mercurial director of “American History X,” among other films. He also made a series of acting teacher videos with the late Marlon Brando that are the stuff of legend at this point. There was a lot of static about all that, but it’s a long time ago in a far off galaxy.

Kaye, like LaBeouf and Baldwin, is no shrinking violet. If they make “Stranger” and all survive, it could be incendiary. And worth seeing.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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