Shia LaBeouf has withdrawn from Rock the Kasbah, the all-star comedy being directed by Barry Levinson.
Open Road is the domestic distributor for the movie, which is in pre-production and whose cast includes Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, and Danny McBride.
QED International and Venture Forth are financing.
Kasbah tells of a has-been rock manager who takes his last remaining client on a USO tour of Afghanistan. When he finds himself in Kabul, abandoned, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice and manages her through Afghanistan’s version of American Idol, the wildly popular Afghan Star.
In a supporting role, LaBeouf was to have played part of a military duo; McBride was the other half.
Reasons for LaBeouf’s exit are unclear, but sources say it was an amicable parting.
The actor came onto the project in February, just two weeks after he said he was retiring from “all public life” because of “attacks against his artistic integrity.”
LaBeouf has no other acting gig lined up, but co-stars with Brad Pitt in Fury, David Ayer‘s World War II tank movie that was previewed this week at CinemaCon. QED is also behind Fury.