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Casting Net: Shia LaBeouf attached to star in Andrea Arnold's 'American Honey'

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  • Shia LaBeouf (Fury) has landed his next starring role. He’ll play the lead of Oscar-winning short film director Andrea Arnold‘s American Honey. It’s a coming-of-age epic, in which LaBeouf’s character travels the U.S., peddling magazine subscriptions and partaking in all the wild experiences you wish you lived in your youth. LaBeouf will next be seen along with Jai Courtney and Kata Mara in Man Down, due out Oct. 30. Arnold wrote Honey‘s script. [Variety]
  • Oscar nominated screenwriter James Schamus has tapped a pair of rising stars to play the leads in his directorial debut. Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson) and Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold) will star in Indignation. Schamus’ (Brokeback Mountain; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) first time behind the camera is for an adaptation of a Phillip Roth novel. 18-year-old Marcus (Lerman crosses paths with Olivia Hutton (Gadon), a sexual, independent woman, while in college in 1951. [Deadline]
  • Sarah Wright Olsen (Marry Me) will star in the Tom Cruise-led drug-smuggling drama Mena. She’ll play the blissfully unaware Lucy Seal, wife of Cruise’s character, pilot and all-around-smuggler Barry who played on both sides during the ’80s drug war. [Deadline]
  • Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) has been cast to play a role in the forthcoming drama The Wolf Who Cried Boy. He’ll play a limousine driver/fence in a film that focuses on a teenager getting caught up in the world of crime. [Deadline]
  • Kenneth Choi (Sons of Anarchy, Wolf of Wall Street) is going to horror. He joins the Akiva Goldsman-directed (Winter’s Tale) Stephanie, also starring Frank Grillo, Shree Crooks, and Anna Torv. The plot revolves around the titular young girl (Crooks) whose parents abandon her, and is overtaken by the supernatural in the interim. Luke Piotrowski and Ben Collins penned the script. [The Hollywood Reporter]