Shia LaBeouf Drops Out of 'Rock the Kasbah'

Shia LaBeouf

The 'Nymphomaniac' actor was supposed to be Danny McBride's on-screen buddy in the Barry Levinson-directed comedy.

Shia LaBeouf is no longer among the cast ensemble of "Rock the Kasbah", The Hollywood Reporter learns. The former "Transformers" actor, who was entangled in a plagiarism scandal early this year, left the all-star comedy which will be helmed by Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson.

The movie follows Richie Vance, 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".

It has an A-list cast like Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride and Zooey Deschanel. LaBeouf was supposed to play part of a military duo with McBride as the other half. The reason of the ex-Disney star's exit is unknown, but rumor says it was an amicable parting.

LaBeouf was last seen in "Nymphomaniac", but the movie tanked. The sexually-charged drama which was released unrated after getting slapped with NC-17 rating from MPAA could only open to an estimated $175,000 from 22 locations for $7,000 per-location average. He will next appear in David Ayer's war film "Fury" along with Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, and Michael Pena.


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