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Shia LaBeouf Considered For MCU Role Before Sexual Battery Lawsuit

December 28, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Shia LaBeouf was reportedly in consideration for a role in the MCU before the recent lawsuit filed against him alleging sexual battery. LaBeouf was sued earlier this month by singer and actress FKA Twigs, who dated the actor for about a year, in which she accused LaBeouf of sexual battery as well as verbal and physical abuse during their relationship as well as other instances of disturbing behavior such as shooting at stray dogs to get in character for The Tax Collector. The lawsuit also included allegations of sexual abuse from stylist Karolyn Pho. Since the suit’s release singer Sia and songwriter Katy Rose, who dated and grew up with LaBeouf respectively, have come forward with their own allegations.

Now Variety has published an article looking at LaBeouf’s latest career meltdown, which actually began before that point. According to the outlet, LaBeouf’s exit from the upcoming Olivia Wilde-directed thriller Don’t Worry Darling — initially put down to scheduling conflicts — was actually caused by friction between the actor and the rest of the production. LaBeouf was dropped from the film by Wilde, who has a “zero-asshole policy” regarding her film sets, and replaced by One Direction singer Harry Styles.

Meanwhile, Variety also notes that Marvel had been eying LaBeouf, who was in the midst of a career resurgence after lauded work in films like Honey Boy (where he met Twigs) and The Peanut Butter Falcon, for a potential superhero role. Marvel did have some interest, says the outlet, but a meeting never took place and there were no formal discussions about the role.

LaBeouf issued a statement in response to the lawsuit by Twigs which read:

“Although many of these allegations are not true. I am not in a position to defend any of my actions. I owe these women the opportunity to air their statements publicly and accept accountability for those things I have done. As someone in recovery, I have to face almost daily reminders of things I did say and do when I was drinking. I am not cured of my PTSD and alcoholism, but I am committed to doing what I need to do to recover, and I will forever be sorry to the people that I may have harmed along the way.”

LaBeouf’s next film to release is coming in just over a week with the Netflix-released Pieces of a Woman, directed by Kornél Mundruczó.