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Shia LaBeouf accurately cast as irate tennis star John McEnroe

on May 16, 2016, 2:00pm

Sometimes a casting director has their work cut out for them, and sometimes it’s barely even work. Consider this a case of the latter, as mercurial actor Shia LaBeouf has been cast as temperamental tennis star John McEnroe in the forthcoming biopic Born/McEnroe.

Directed by Janus Metz (Armadillo, True Detective season two), Borg/McEnroe will recount the epic tennis rivalry between McEnroe and Swedish tennis great Björn Borg (played by Sverrir Gudnason) that ran throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In particular, the film will focus on the contest between the two at the 1980 Wimbledon final, during which McEnroe was emphatically booed by the crowd.

Stellan Skarsgård will also star as Borg’s coach, Lennart Bergelin. The film is set to film in August for a 2017 release.

The casting announcement came during this year’s Cannes Film Festival as LaBeouf was promoting his new film American Honey, in which he stars as Jake, the destitute leader of a group of traveling magazine salespeople. “Jake is me. So is McEnroe. That’s it, man,” LaBeouf said at a media conference (via USA Today). “I understand these people, I empathize with them. I get it. You turn things up and turn things down. It’s me.”

To see exactly how much LaBeouf is McEnroe, revisit what we can only assume was his audition film below.

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