Shia LaBeouf: From "Lawless" to Lawman.
The "Transformers" star is picking up his badge and gun for the new police thriller, "Triple Nine," according to The Playlist.
"Triple Nine," which will reunite LaBeouf with his "Lawless" director, John Hillcoat, centers on a group of crooked L.A. police officers who realize they must shoot one of their own in order to get away with planning a major heist. The project first started brewing a few years ago with Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges set to star but that version fell apart; it's now been confirmed as Hillcoat's next project.
No other casting has been announced for "Triple Nine," though Hillcoat hopes to possibly recruit some of his "Lawless" cohorts like Tom Hardy and Guy Pearce (who is a Hillcoat regular, having also appeared in "The Proposition" and "The Road"). Hillcoat's frequent music collaborator and screenwriter, Nick Cave, will probably be providing the film's score.
"Triple Nine" sounds like the perfect project with which Shia LaBeouf can continue his more "grown-up" career track after officially saying goodbye to teenager roles with last summer's "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." Besides "Lawless," LaBeouf also has Robert Redford's "The Company You Keep" coming up, as well as "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman."
"Lawless" made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival this month and will hit theaters on Aug. 31.