That was quick. Just one day after Shia LaBeouf exited the Broadway play Orphans over “creative differences,” the show has found a replacement: Ben Foster, a 32-year-old actor known primarily for his work in films like 3:10 to Yuma and The Messenger, as well as three seasons on HBO’s Six Feet Under. Foster will make his Broadway debut in the play, which is still on schedule to begin previews on March 19 and open April 7. He will start rehearsals tomorrow.
While the producers of Orphans haven’t elaborated on why LaBeouf left the play, the actor has posted a series of personal emails on Twitter that imply he made his exit after clashing with his co-star Alec Baldwin. When contacted by EW today, Baldwin declined to comment on the emails — though he did tell the New York Times, “You realize in the process, theater is not for everyone.”
Though LaBeouf hasn’t responded to a request for comment, he seems happy with Orphans‘s choice of replacement: “BEN FOSTER IS A BEAST. HE WILL KILL IT,” the Transformers star wrote on Twitter shortly after Foster’s casting was announced.