Sometimes, the stars align to create the kind of synergy that's pretty much the summation of a Hollywood casting agent's wet dream. We're talking, of course, about the news that Gen Y's most 'troubled genius' actor Shia LaBeouf is set to portray infamous dummy spitting '80s tennis star John McEnroe in the upcoming flick Borg/McEnroe. Oh yes.
Set to focus on the rivalry between the spitfire American tennis pro and his arch nemesis Bjorn Borg ahead of their 1980 Wimbledon final, the biopic has an expected release date of 2017, according to the Bleacher Report. While the first obvious McEnroe/LaBeouf similarity lies in their matching curly mops of hair, they also share an unpredictability in temperament, too. While McEnroe is infamous for swearing, throwing his tennis racket and generally dressing down every umpire who dared cross him, Shia's thoroughly millennial manifestation of 'troubled star' has taken many forms. From wearing 'I Am Not Famous Anymore' paper bag/performance art on his head, to announcing his retirement from public life via Twitter - somehow we just know LaBeouf possesses the exact intensity required for this role.
Confirming his involvement in the film at a Cannes Film festival press conference this week, LaBeouf was typically understated in his response to questions about his role. "He is me. Jay [another movie character] is me. And so is McEnroe. That's it man." When further prompted about the McEnroe role, LaBeouf went on: "I understand these people, I empathise with them, I get it... You just turn things up, you just turn things down. That's me. I'm getting there."
Personally, we can't wait to see LaBeouf re-enact something like this: