John Hillcoat clearly loved working with his cast on current Cannes title “Lawless”, as The Playlist reports the director has already set “Lawless” star Shia LaBeouf to star in his next feature, the cop drama “Triple Nine.” And it’s not for lack of wanting that LaBeouf is the only actor to return to work for Hillcoat, as he tells The Playlist: “Tom [Hardy]… Guy [Pearce]… I’ve had the great fortune of working with, they’re all collaborative actors that it would be great to keep working together like [screenwriter] Nick [Cave] and my production designer and wardrobe designer, that’s why we keep doing it,” he said. “But ['Triple Nine'] is next, they’re not all in it because of schedules and such but Shia is and we’ll see where it goes.”
“Triple Nine” centers around a group of crooked LAPD cops who discover they must shoot one of their own in order to pull off a major heist, and has been in development for years. At one point Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges were attached to star, but Hillcoat says that is no longer the case. However, looks like LaBeouf will be getting some co-stars fairly soon: “No one else is attached right now, but about to be.”
After breaking out starring opposite giant alien robots in Michael Bay’s “Transformers” trilogy, LaBeouf is getting high marks in Cannes for his turn as one of three bootlegging brothers in Prohibition-era Virgina in “Lawless.” He recently wrapped up shooting Robert Redford’s political thriller “The Company You Keep.” and up next is Europe-set action flick “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman” opposite Evan Rachel Wood.