Shia LaBeouf cast in Indiana Jones film

MUMBAI: Shia LaBeouf has now been set for the new Indiana Jones movie. The announcement was made by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.

LaBeouf will join Harrison Ford who returns as the action hero. Production on this fourth installment of the Indiana Jones adventure is scheduled to begin this June in Los Angeles and will also film at undisclosed distant locations.

Produced by Lucasfilm Ltd., directed by Spielberg, and released by Paramount Pictures throughout the world beginning 22 May, 2008, the screenplay has been written by David Koepp. Frank Marshall will produce the film with Lucas.

It will be the third film the charismatic LaBeouf has done with a Spielberg connection, the first two being the DreamWorks Pictures productions Disturbia and Transformers.

“We are excited about bringing Shia into our Indy family. His talent has impressed not only his audiences throughout his young career but the directors, producers and fellow actors who have worked with him in his television career and now his film career,” said Spielberg.

“I was hoping the rumors were true, so I couldn’t be more thrilled. To be cast in an Indiana Jones film is like grabbing the brass ring and holding on for the ride. I’ll do my best to meet the high standards that Steven, George, and Harrison have set and I can’t wait to take that giant step in front of the Indy cameras,” said LaBeouf.

LaBeouf’s other film credits include Bobby, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, The Greatest Game Ever Played, Constantine, I, Robot, HBO’s Project Greenlight production The Battle of Shaker Heights, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, and Holes.

On television, LaBeouf has acted as Louis Stevens on the Disney Channel’s original series Even Stevens. In 2003, he earned a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series for his work on the show.