Writer and director David Ayer has shared the first look of a heavily tattooed Shia LeBeouf, who’s set to star in Ayer’s upcoming gritty crime thriller Tax Collector. . But what it proves is that the filmmaker is going back to its gritty roots with his new movie.
LeBeouf has been going through a kind of transformation these past few years. Leaving his Disney and Transformers fame behind, he’s become known for his often bizarre and intriguing performance art. He’s also been taking on roles in smaller and more independent films such as Borg vs McEnroe, American Honey, and Man Down. Besides Tax Collector, his upcoming projects include Honey Boy, about a child actor working to mend the relationship between him and his father, and The Peanut Butter Falcon, an adventure story about a young man with Down syndrome who runs away to become a professional wrestler.
Tax Collector will be the second collaboration for LeBeouf and Ayer; their first being 2014’s Fury. In fact, the two tried working together again almost immediately after Fury released, with LaBeouf meeting with WB for the part of GQ in Suicide Squad, though the studio wasn’t interesting in casting the star in that movie. That particular role ended up going to Scott Eastwood. As for Tax Collector, the film still doesn’t have a scheduled release date, but the photo of LeBeouf should be a sign that production is starting to get underway, so audiences shouldn’t have to wait too long for more concrete news on the project.
Source: David Ayer