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Indy's New Whippersnapper

4/13/2007 2:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

After much speculation -- and denials from everyone involved with the film -- Shia LaBeouf has officially joined the cast of the next Indiana Jones flick.
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Producer George Lucas dropped the casting nugget on 710 ESPN Radio's "The Big Show With Steve Mason & John Ireland" before signing off, telling the show, "My director [Steven Spielberg] gets very angry if I say anything at all about the movie ... I said we live in the age of the Internet, nothing's gonna be a secret, nothing is a secret, but he [LaBeouf] is in the movie."

Someone should have told Lucas what keeping a secret means!

Spielberg, via the film's official website, confirmed Lucas' slip, posting a statement saying, "We are excited about bringing Shia into our Indy family. His talent has impressed not only his audiences throughout his young career but the directors, producers and fellow actors who have worked with him in his television career and now his film career."

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acababydoll    

i personally love shia and what a great actor he is. i don't know anything about him except what i hear and read and see from his movies. alot of people say he has a big head and that he thinks he is all that. why is that such a suprise to some people. i mean he was on a show when he was little and disappeared for a couple of years and all of a sudden he is in all these movies and stuff. usually when someone gets back on top that quickly it will go to there head. i mean it doesn't mean he is a bad person, it just means he needs to get a clue and grow up.

2696 days ago
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lynn    

Never was a fan of Indiana Jones, but Shia is an amazing talent so, I will definitely check it out.

2687 days ago
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Britney Spears Photos    

That's just crazy

2753 days ago
4.

Your'e Fired!    

...........................EXCELLENT!!!!! This young man is a TRUE Talent!!!.....................................

2753 days ago
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Save Joe Francis     

Yeah, this is coming from the same guys that thought Hayden Christiansen (and that other little shit that played Anakin) were da bomb!! Whateva!!

2753 days ago
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studly    

what is the big deal who's in what ? when? where ? why? is this suppose to bring more attention to another over hyped movie to come geezzz if their already starting the hype i can only imagine the hype to come and then the BIG LET DOWN when you see it

2753 days ago
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non story tmz    

Shia is a great and talented actor. It's great that he's going to be in another huge production. Can't wait to see him in transformers this summer.

2753 days ago
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Carl    

Dear George Lucas,
Can I have my refund back for watching SW I & II. You ruined my great memories for the original trilogy.

2753 days ago
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JT    

Who the hell is Shia LeBeouf???

2753 days ago
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Eric    

This kid isn't gonna be Indiana Jones is he? Please, no!! Turn a legend into a putz.

2753 days ago
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Anabel    

Ya - I've known this for MONTHS. Studio people talk.

But - Shia is a great actor...maybe I'll actually go see this Indina Jones movie.

2753 days ago
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critter    

This kid had grown up a lot, so quit dissing him before he's even filmed anything for the movie, geez! Plus, you can sort of tell he's starting to get rather good-looking. He'll probably make a hot leading man in the next 5 to 10 years!

2753 days ago
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Josh    

I've been around this kid and let me just say he's a douch. Disrepsectful. Also Disturbia is a knock-off of Hitchcocks old movie with Jimmy Stewart.

2753 days ago
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Eva    

Shia is a fantastic actor. He's been in numerous films & is a great casting choice. The negative folks obviously have never seen this young man in any of his previous films.

2753 days ago
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april    

Eva - yes, we have - thats how and why we can comment and post Opinions.

2753 days ago
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