While not opting for the Bard or any kind period drama, LaBeouf is set to appear in the 1983 drama 'Orphans'. His normal roles are high energy and high action, but his turn in Ophans will encourage him to play a more dynamic and multi-layered role as 'Treat'. Treat's a 'petty thief' who manipulates his as-yet-uncast young brother into kidnapping a mobster, Harold, who's being played by Alec Baldwin.
Originally written by Lyle Kessler, Orphans had a critically acclaimed run in Los Angeles in 1983, and the likes of Albert Finney and Al Pacino have appeared in productions of it, and was made into a film in 1987 starring Finney, Matthew Modine and Kevin Anderson, and was directed by Alun J. Pakula.
The play will be directed by the Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan who is currently working on the David Mamet play, 'Glengarry Glen Ross'. With one of the stars still yet to be cast, Orphans is clearly in its very early stages of production, but preview performances are expected to begin on March 19th 2013, with an official opening on April 7th.