Well, we don’t recall anything like this ever happening before! Shia LaBeouf — star of Transformers, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the upcoming Wall Street 2, Disturbia, Eagle Eye, and all their rumored sequels and spinoffs — has given an interview to Wizard magazine in which he says he’s dead set against starring as Yorick Brown in the sequel-friendly film adaptation of Bryan K. Vaughn’s graphic-novel series Y: The Last Man, about the lone male survivor of a plague that kills every earthly mammal with a Y chromosome (a role for which he was once rumored).
“You take Sam [from Transformers] and you put a monkey on his shoulder,” said LaBeouf of Yorick’s sidekick Ampersand. “I don’t know if it’s that big a differential. It seems like he’s the ordinary guy in an extraordinary situation again.” He added, “I’m not willing to make that movie currently, and may be too old to play the role by the time it does come around.”
Really, though, Yorick isn’t just the typical, likable “ordinary guy in an extraordinary situation” — he’s dopey and annoying, possessing many of exact the qualities that’ve made LaBeouf so irritating in his other movies, in which he’s supposed to be the charismatic underdog anti-hero. Bryan K. Vaughan told Vulture last year that his protagonist is less a hero and more a “damsel in distress,” which is a pretty good way to describe the only part LaBeouf knows how to play, regardless of who he thinks he’s playing. Believe it or not, we actually hope he reconsiders this one.
No Y: The Last Man for Shia LaBeouf [Coming Soon via /Film]