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Shia LaBeouf reaches settlement in 'Orphans' firing

Date July 17, 2013

By Brent Lang

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - It was a saga that lasted longer than "Orphans" ran, but the Shia LaBeouf fiasco has finally reached an end.

The actor and the producers of the Broadway revival announced a settlement this week over LaBeouf's very public firing from the show.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, although the tone of the statement was conciliatory with Cole and Zollo saying that they would like to work with LaBeouf in the future.

In a statement, LaBeouf and the producers said, "We regret the circumstances that caused Shia's departure from ‘Orphans.' Shia is a gifted actor whose full preparation to undertake the role of Treat demonstrated his respect and devotion to the play. The parties recognize that neither Mr. LaBeouf nor the producers was at fault."

"Orphans" centers on two orphan brothers who kidnap a rich man and gradually find themselves bonding with their captive.

LaBeouf exited the production during rehearsals after clashing with co-star Alec Baldwin. He was replaced by Ben Foster. In a grievance against the producers filed by Actors Equity union, LaBeouf claimed he was unfairly dismissed from the show, according to a report in the New York Times.

LaBeouf's firing became a staple of the New York tabloids, but the notoriety did not translate into strong ticket sales or sterling reviews. The show closed in May after 27 previews and 37 regular performances. The limited engagement was originally slated to close on June 30.

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