Shia LaBeouf to play in movie about Vietnam War

After the success of “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps”, Shia LaBeouf, the leading actor in the blockbuster “Transformers”, will cooperate with famous director Oliver Stone in a new movie about the My Lai massacre in Vietnam in 1968.

After delaying the project for more than three years, director Oliver Stone has decided to resume the project about the Vietnam War, entitled “Pinkville”. He invited Shia LaBeouf to play the leading role. LaBeouf seemed to be very interested in the project, in which he will play Hugh Thompson, a pilot of the US army, who contributed to put an end to the My Lai massacre.

The movie is set around the events of the My Lai Massacre. On March 16, 1968, pilot Hugh Thompson witnessed hundreds of Vietnamese, including unarmed women, children and elderly, being slaughtered by American soldiers who were given a “search and destroy” order. Thompson tried to save the victims. The horrible mission was eventually reported to the American public in November of 1969, and the news led to increased outrage concerning the Vietnam War.

Stone already used the massacre as inspiration for a major scene in Platoon, but apparently he feels there’s still more to say, specifically, about the events of the massacre.

Pinkville, if it happens, will mark Stone’s fourth film to directly deal with the Vietnam War, following the “trilogy” of Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July and Heaven & Earth.

The film was scheduled to be shot in December 2007, starring Channing Tatum, but it was delayed because of the strike of scriptwriters. Tatum then couldn’t join this project because he busy with others. Oliver Stone considered big names like Bruce Willis, Jason Behr or Cam Gigandet for the role Hugh Thompson but Shia LaBeouf is his final choice.

LaBeouf said he was very interested in this role because his father was a pilot in the US army.

Pinkville may be shot in 2011 or 2012 in a Southeast Asian country and will go to cinemas in 2013.

Source: Thanh Nien

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