Shia LaBeouf could have had a role in Suicide Squad, were it not for the actor’s period of unrest and very public troubling behaviour.
LaBeouf has revealed that he was in fact up for a part in Suicide Squad, which would have seen him reunite with Fury director David Ayer.
In a recent in-depth interview with Variety, LaBeouf said he was being considered for the part of Lieutenant GQ Edwards in an earlier version of the screenplay, prior to Will Smith signing on.
“The character was different initially,” a now clean and sober LaBeouf said. “Then Will [Smith] came in, and the script changed a bit. That character and Tom [Hardy’s] character [Rick Flag, later played by Joel Kinnaman] got written down to build Will up.”
Considering this was during the period that LaBeouf was experiencing a ton of negative press, a lot of it relating to public intoxication, Warner Bros. wasn’t keen on the idea of casting him in their high-profile film.
“I don’t think Warner Bros. wanted me,” LaBeouf says honestly. “I went in to meet, and they were like, ‘Nah, you’re crazy. You’re a good actor, but not this one.’ It was a big investment for them.”
The role went to Scott Eastwood, who puts in an adequate performance, although the character really doesn’t have all that much to do. It’s interesting to hear that the relationship between Rick Flag and Edwards was once a larger element of the film, but it’s completely understandable that the studio would want characters’ roles and dynamics changed to ensure Smith was given higher billing.
So there you have it, LaBeouf could have been a part of the DCEU, although whether he would have delivered in the part and fit well within the universe is something we can only guess at.
LaBeouf is currently earning rave reviews for his performance in American Honey, which hits U.S. cinemas on September 30 and arrives in Australia on November 3.