Shia LaBeouf to Play Volatile Tennis Player John McEnroe

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This is one of those castings that you’d never have thought of, but which makes a sort of sense.

Shia LaBeouf has signed on to play expletive-crazed tennis icon John McEnroe in an upcoming biopic about the rivalry between the star and Swedish tennis great Björn Borg. The film Borg/McEnroe will “trace the long-running battle for supremacy in the tennis world in the 1970s and 1980s” between the men. The top sportsmen faced off during the 1980 Wimbledon Men’s Singles final, where McEnroe was booed by the crowd. They played head to head 14 times between 1978 and 1981. LaBeouf seems like a polarizing enough figure to step into McEnroe’s tennis shoes. Danish filmmaker Janus Metz, behind the documentary Armadillo, will direct the movie.

It is easy to imagine Shia nailing a scene like this…

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