Ben Foster replaces Shia LaBeouf on Broadway

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 21 at 3:05 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Shia LaBeouf is out. Ben Foster is in.

A day after LaBeouf stepped away from the play that would have marked his Broadway debut, he was replaced by Foster.

Foster whose film roles include "3:10 to Yuma" and "The Laramie Project" had auditioned for the revival of Lyle Kessler's play "Orphans" but had lost the role to the star of the "Transformers" franchise.

After LaBeouf left the production on Wednesday due to creative differences, Foster was picked.

The play is about two orphaned brothers who decide to kidnap a wealthy man. LaBeouf was to play one brother and Tom Sturridge plays the other; Baldwin will be the target.

The switch in actors hasn't delayed the show. Producers said "Orphans" will still open March 19.

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Online: http://www.orphansonbroadway.com

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