Shia LeBeouf has made somewhat of a name for himself in the last couple of years for his bad boy demeanor and bizarre public ‘performance art’ stunts – so perhaps it’s fitting that the Transformers actor has joined the cast of an upcoming Wimbledon biopic as fellow bad boy [of tennis] John McEnroe.
Centered around the famous Wimbledon encounter between McEnroe and Bjorn Borg, seen by many as the greatest match in the history of tennis, the yet untitled sport biopic will focus on the rivalry leading up to the match.
It’s definitely going to prove a challenging role for the American actor, given that tennis is notorious for it’s almost unrelenting physicality, but having proven himself on-screen in a variety of roles that include the Transformers franchise, World War 2 biopic Fury, and Lawless, LeBeouf is certainly capable.
Hollywood newcomer Sverrir Gudnason will play his fellow countryman Bjorn Borg alongside LeBeouf, with Our Kind of Traitor star Stellan Skarsgård also cast in the project.
Speaking at the Cannes press conference for his latest film, American Honey, LeBeouf eagerly spoke of his confidence in portraying his current character as well as the fiery and controversial tennis icon John McEnroe;
According to sources at Variety, Shia and his co-star have already begun a vigorous training regime for their respective roles as filming is due to begin later this year for a 2017 release.