It’s been a little over a year since we’ve seen Shia LaBeouf on the big screen as Sam Witwicky in the Transformers trilogy. Fortunately he will be returning to theaters Aug. 29 but not in Blockbuster hit but in director John Hillcoat‘s indie film Lawless.“Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits,” as described by the ever so helpful IMDb.
Since his commitment to Transformers, he has turned away many blockbusters movies and is instead working with small indie films. He has even directed a short film titled Maniac since. According to an interview with Hollywood Reporter, he is done with blockbuster films saying:
“There’s no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist. You give Terrence Malick (director of ‘Tree Of Life’) a movie likeTransformers, and he’s f–ed. There’s no way for him to exist in that world.”
LaBeouf’s upcoming projects include Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep, The Necessary Death of Charle Countryman (also staring Harry Potter‘s Rupert Grint), and another John Hillcoat film, Triple Nine.
Shia gushed about the people behind his new movie Lawless — saying, “These dudes are a miracle … They give you the money, and they trust you — [unlike the studios, which] give you the money, then get on a plane and come to the set and stick a finger up your ass and chase you around for five months.”