First Transformers, then Indy: Is Shia LaBeouf now ready to be Y: The Last Man?

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Jul 4, 2015, 6:06 PM EDT

Director D.J. Caruso told SCI FI Wire that his Eagle Eye star Shia LaBeouf is interested in starring in Caruso's proposed film version of Y: The Last Man, playing the hapless slacker Yorick, the last man on Earth.

"Shia and I talk all the time, and when I feel it's right, I'll show him the script," Caruso said in an interview. "He's definitely interested.

LaBeouf just finished the sequel film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and doesn't have anything on his schedule at the moment. "I think Shia is going to take a a little break, relax and take some time off," Caruso said. "I would like him to do it if our schedules work out."

Caruso is currently completing a script for Y: The Last Man--based on Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra's acclaimed graphic novel series--with Carl Ellsworth, who also wrote Caruso's Disturbia (which also starred LaBeouf).

The story follows Yorick after the sudden death of every male mammal on Earth. Caruso and Ellsworth turned in a script to Warner Brothers executives, got some good notes and are working on a bang-up third act that still sticks to the original stories very closely, he said.

"We came up with some really cool things that would enhance act three and be close to what is happening in the series of books," Caruso said. "It was a ground-breaking idea. I know [the rewriting] is taking longer than I thought, but it's a really great project, and it's important that you focus on the story and get it right."

Caruso added that Y: The Last Man is envisioned as the first of three films. "It's definitely a three-parter," he said. "Trying to fit in the whole story in one is too much."
The graphic novel features a menagerie of compelling female characters, including Yorick's conflicted sister, Hero; the kick-ass government Agent 355, who is his bodyguard; and 355's sinister fellow agent, 711. The movie will include all of them, but not as they appear in the books.

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"Yorick's sister, Hero, is in the script at this point, but she is not as much of a character as she was in the first draft," Caruso said. "Right now, she's sprinkled throughout, but she's not a major, major character."

Caruso added: "The 711 character is in it, and she's insane. She does teach [Yorick] a life lesson or two in a very interesting way. It's a comedic, yet horrifying, scene. She's very cool."

As for rumors that singer-turned-actress Alicia Keys is up for the key role of Agent 355? "It's too early to talk about who we're going to cast, and it's nice that the fanboys and fans are talking about it, but we haven't talked to her about it yet," Caruso said. "If we don't get Alicia Keys, though, I'm sure I'll make a pretty good choice."