Variety published a profile on actor Shia LaBeouf today, and included is some interesting news about Suicide Squad.
LaBeouf, who starred in David Ayer’s 2014 movie Fury, says the director approached him about the role in Suicide Squad that Scott Eastwood ended up playing.
“The character was different initially,” LaBeouf says. “Then Will [Smith] came in, and the script changed a bit. That character and Tom [Hardy’s] character [later played by Joel Kinnaman] got written down to build Will up.”
LaBeouf told Variety that the studio vetoed his casting. “I don’t think Warner Bros. wanted me. I went in to meet, and they were like, ‘Nah, you’re crazy. You’re a good actor, but not this one.’ It was a big investment for them.”
It’s disappointing that Warner Bros. wouldn’t let David Ayer have the actor he wanted, but honestly, I don’t think LaBeouf missed much. Scott Eastwood had about 5 lines in Suicide Squad, and didn’t play an important character.
Would you have liked to see Shia LaBeouf in Suicide Squad? Is there a better part for him somewhere else in the DC Extended Universe? Let me know in the comments below.