It's official! Shia LaBeouf, one of the fastest-rising stars in the world of film, has now been set for the new Indiana Jones movie. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have announced the signing of Disturbia and Transformers star, Shia LaBeouf, for Indian Jones 4.
LaBeouf, who is best known for his role in the Disney Channel series Even Stevens, and the lead in the critically acclaimed movie, Holes, stars in the teen/alt-rock take on Rear Window, Disturbia, which opened today. In Indian Jones 4, LaBeouf will play the sidekick to Harrison Ford's archaeological adventurer. There is some speculation that the character will be Indy's son, but that has not been confirmed.
Production on the fourth Indiana Jones adventure is scheduled to begin this June in Los Angeles and will also film at undisclosed distant locations. The film continues LaBeouf's rise to potential blockbuster stardom – and is the third film in which LaBeouf enjoys a Spielberg connection, the other two being Disturbia and Transformers, which opens, worldwide, on June 14.
"We are excited about bringing Shia into our Indy family," said Spielberg. "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."
"I was hoping the rumors were true, so I couldn't be more thrilled," said Shia. "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."
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 garnered much praise from critics everywhere for his portrayal of 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 highly-rated family show.
And this Saturday night he's live from New York hosting NBC's "Saturday Night Live."