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Ben Foster replaces Shia LaBeouf in Broadway play 'Orphans'

02/22/2013 by Kristina Lopez

Actor Ben Foster has been announced as the replacement for Shia LaBeouf in the Broadway play "Orphans," The Associated Press reports.

The casting came a day after LaBeouf stepped away from the play, which would have marked his Broadway debut. LaBouf commented Foster's casting in a Tweet on February 21.

"BEN FOSTER IS A BEAST. HE WILL KILL IT," LaBeouf wrote.

LaBeouf was set to co-star in the play with Tom Sturridge as orphaned brothers Treat, a thief, and Phillip. They become involved in a kidnapping of a rich older man, Harold, played by Alec Baldwin. The switch in actors has not delayed the opening date of the show. Producers told the wire service "Orphans" will still open on March 19 at the Schoenfeld Theatre.

The New York Times reported that the producers had decided to replace LaBeouf and had made their decision on Tuesday, February 19, more than a week after rehearsals began.

"Due to creative differences, the producers of 'Orphans' and Shia LaBeouf will be parting ways and he will not be continuing with the production," a spokesperson for the production told the New York Times in a statement.

Foster had auditioned for LaBeouf's role in the play, but lost out on the role to the "Transformers" star. Foster , 32, will be making his Broadway debut in the play, which is a revival. He is known for roles in "3:10 to Yuma," "X-Men: The Last Stand," "Alpha Dog" and "The Messenger."

Foster has also appeared in TV roles in "The Laramie Project" and "Six Feet Under."

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