Todd Phillips Targets Jesse Eisenberg and Shia LaBeouf for ARMS AND THE DUDES

     September 4, 2014

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It’s been well over two years since we talked about director Todd Phillips’ project Arms and the Dudes, but with today’s major casting news, it’s likely we’ll be talking about it a lot more in the coming months.  Shia LaBeouf and Jesse Eisenberg are reported as being in talks to star in the film, which is based on Guy Lawson’s Rolling Stone article about a pair of stoners who land a $300 million military contract to supply arms to America’s allies in Afghanistan.  If that wasn’t weird enough, the story takes another turn when Pentagon turns on the dudes.  Hit the jump for more.

shia-labeouf-arms-and-the-dudesAs The Wrap reports, LaBeouf and Eisenberg are in talks to play the pair of characters inspired by real-life arms dealers David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli. No offers are currently on the table, but this pairing is certainly an interesting one.  The story is compelling enough to warrant a big-screen treatment, but I’m personally more curious about LaBeouf and Eisenberg’s on-screen chemistry (and possible off-screen ego issues).  Jason Smilovic penned the script, Phillips will  direct and also produce with Mark Gordon, and Brian Zuriff will act as executive producer.

LaBeouf next stars in writer-director David Ayer’s World War II tank film, Fury, alongside Brad PittLogan Lerman, and Jon Bernthal.  The action-drama opens October 17th. As of earlier today, LaBeouf had also signed up for Dito Montiel’s new effort, Man Down, which also stars Kate Mara and Gary Oldman.

Eisenberg, meanwhile, recently wrapped on James Ponsoldt’s The End of the Tour, and Nima Nourizadeh’s American Ultra.  He’s currently scheduled to film writer-director Joachim Trier’s drama Louder Than Bombs, and is set for the sequel to the surprise hit, Now You See Me.  Oh and he’s also the big bad Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a movie (and character) the actor recently discussed.  That little film, also starring Ben AffleckHenry CavillGal GadotAmy Adams and Jason Momoa, opens March 25, 2016.

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