NEW YORK -- Joining a growing roster of screen actors making Broadway debuts this season, Shia LaBeouf has signed on to star opposite Alec Baldwin in the upcoming revival of Orphans.
Lyle Kessler's 1983 play follows two orphaned brothers living off the proceeds of petty theft in a run-down North Philadelphia row house. LaBeouf will play the elder brother who supports his simple-minded younger sibling. One night he kidnaps an enigmatic rich man, played by Baldwin, who becomes the kind of father figure the boys have always longed for. Casting of the role of the second brother will be announced shortly.
Directed by Daniel Sullivan, Orphans begins previews March 19 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, where Sullivan's limited-engagement revival of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, starring Al Pacino, is playing through Jan. 20. Official opening date for Orphans is April 7.
Kessler's play was adapted into a 1987 film, directed by Alan J. Pakula and starring Albert Finney, Matthew Modine and Kevin Anderson.
Best known for the Transformers franchise, LaBeouf's screen credits of late include Lawless, the Robert Redford-directed The Company You Keep, and The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, in which he stars opposite Evan Rachel Wood and Melissa Leo. He recently wrapped production on Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac, co-starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stellan Skarsgard.
Other screen actors making Broadway debuts early in the new year include Tom Hanks in Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy, Amber Tamblyn in The Miss Firecracker Contest, Maggie Grace in Picnic and Emilia Clarke in Breakfast at Tiffany's.