Shia LaBeouf to Star with Robert Redford in Political Thriller
07.20.11 by reelz
Fresh off the success of Transformers: Dark of the moon, Shia LaBeouf has one of his next projects lined up already. According to Deadline, he will star opposite Robert Redford in the political thriller The Company You Keep, which Redford will also direct.
The story is based on the 2003 novel by Neil Gordon and tells the story of Jim Grant (Redford), an ex-Weather Underground member who is wanted for bank robbery. His identity is discovered by an ambitious young journalist (LaBeouf), who tries to track him down. Grant's evasions put him in contact with a wide variety of ex-cons, academics, and war vets, who represent the lost liberal politics of the 1960s.
Producer Nicolas Chartier of Voltage Pictures commented on the announcement of the casting:
This is an edge-of-your-seat thriller about real Americans who stood for their beliefs, thinking they were patriots and defending their country's ideals against their government. It is absolutely amazing to have Shia LaBeouf, arguably the brightest young star in Hollywood today paired with the global icon Robert Redford.
The project is set to shoot in Vancouver this fall, and no release date has been announced. In the meantime, LaBeouf's next project - the Depression-era drama The Wettest County in the World - is in post-production and is due for release in December.