Thank God: No Shia In Y The Last Man Movie

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The first positive development for the movie version of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's Y: The Last Man since the project's announcement has come, in the form of Shia LeBeouf declaring that he won't be playing Yorick after all.

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LeBeouf, who's been linked to the role ever since director D.J. Caruso became involved in the project, told Wizard magazine that he couldn't see himself playing the titular last man alive on Earth because of similarities to his Transformers character, Sam Whitwicky:

You take Sam and you put a monkey on his shoulder... I don't know if it's that big a differential. It seems like he's the ordinary guy in an extraordinary situation again... I'm not willing to make that movie currently, and may be too old to play the role by the time it does come around.

While I have nothing really bad against Shia, he never seemed right for the character to me. But who could step into Yorick Brown's shoes convincingly? Start your casting speculation now.

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DISCUSSION

I actually wouldn't mind Shia as Yorrick, and I am HUGE Y fan... since issue one (count me in as one of the people who shed a tear during the last issue, and I have an original pia page up on my wall). It's still one of the characters I most relate to, so seeing a train-wreck of a movie would be a real punch in the gut for me. I think Shia would bring the kind of sheepishness the Yorrick would need, and he's not so cool that the entire character would be thrown off. He's also likeable (at least I think so), which Yorrick also needs, even when he's acting immature.

Also, I think DJ Caruso is fine choice for director. The pacing of Disturbia was tight, and the Salton Sea shows he can nail the grimy-ness of Vaughn's future.

I don't understand the Shia hate (who earned his freakin stripes in hollywood btw), and probably never will. My friends and I all like him - and he seems like he'd be fun dude to hang out with. I'm all for Nathan Fillion or whatever fan-boy wetdream you guys are clammoring for but in all seriousnes they're horrible ideas. This is an 100 million + film and to go with an actor with no cache isn't feasible in the slightest and you'd be responsible for bomb of biblical proportions (and no sequels).