Shia LaBeouf to play a giant in a quirky love story from Lava Bear and Jim Henson Co.

Movieby Jim Napier

Shia LaBeouf as a giant in a romantic comedy? Variety reports that the Transformers acor is attached to a new quirky love story for David Linde, Tory Metzger and Adam Rymer under newly created banner Lava Bear Films. The film will be directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House) from a script he wrote. Lava Bear will produce along with the Jim Henson Co. and French vfx company BUF. Lisa Henson, Jason Lust and India Osbourne  are producing the project, and Pierre Buffin is exec producing.

The project has a working title of "A Giant". The story follows "a girl, broke and running from a series of bad relationships, who moves back home to reconnect with her brother. Instead she forms a relationship with a 20-foot-tall man-child who lives next door, to be played by LaBeouf."

A distributor has yet to come on board, but Universal will likely step up with Linde and LaBeouf involved. Variety also reports that LaBeouf was a frontrunner to take one of the leads in Fox's Frankenstein pic, but A Giant won out. The actor will next star in John Hillcoat's The Wettest County in the World and is shooting the Robert Redford pic The Company You Keep.

I would have rather seen LaBeouf in the Frankenstein lead, but this sounds unique. Ironically enough, LaBeouf has spent three films running from giant Transformers and now will play a giant. I think that he made a wise choice by moving on from that franchise. What are your thoughts on this casting news?

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