Robert De Niro and Shia LaBeouf to Play Father and Son in New Movie Spy’s Kid

By April 22, 2013

One of the most legendary actors of all time is about to team up with Robert De Niro to…haha, I’m sorry. I’m a big Shia LaBeouf fan and even I couldn’t type that with a straight face. Enough with the jokes: The Hollywood Reporter says that De Niro and LaBeouf will play father and son in a new film called Spy’s Kid, which is based on the true story of a CIA veteran who is convicted of being a traitor and locked away in a federal prison. When his depressed son visits him for advice on how to get his life back on track, the father trains his son in the ways of espionage and sends him out to sell secrets to the Russians.

D.J. Caruso is on board to direct, which would reunite him with LaBeouf after the two worked on Disturbia and Eagle Eye together. (They also spent years trying to get an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn’s brilliant comic Y: The Last Man off the ground, but ultimately LaBeouf took himself out of the running and the directing duties were passed to up-and-comer Dan Trachtenberg.) Caruso could use a hit after his sub-par I Am Number Four failed to garner much attention, and a project with two high-profile stars like this might be exactly what he needs to jumpstart his career.

Despite LaBeouf’s penchant for running his mouth when he should probably keep quiet (Alec Baldwin knows what we’re talkin’ about), he’s still one of the most talented actors in his age group. He has a lot of haters out there, but I’m convinced that once he grows up a little bit more, people are eventually going to start taking him seriously as an actor. He’s finally finished with Michael Bay’s goofy Transformers franchise, and he’s been making some stellar business decisions in the last couple of years: he was instrumental in bringing the outstanding bootlegging drama Lawless to the big screen, in which he starred in alongside Tom Hardy and Guy Pearce; he led a fantastic ensemble cast in Robert Redford’s journalism thriller The Company You Keep earlier this year; and he also stars in an excellent mystery/love story called The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman that debuted at Sundance and will be out later this year. He’s definitely heading in the right direction.

De Niro, on the other hand, has only seen one bright spot – Silver Linings Playbook – over the past few years, and it seems like he’ll be in just about anything these days. New Year’s Eve, Bobby? Really? Gimme a freakin’ break. Hopefully working with a young buck like LaBeouf will give him a little spark and make him actually care about what he’s doing again. The project doesn’t have a writer yet, and THR says both of the actors are waiting to see what the final script looks like before they officially sign on. We’re sure we’ll see this movie in some form or another come to the big screen eventually (it’s based on a series of articles published in The Oregonian by Bryan Denson, the only person who’s been able to interview the incarcerated spy), but hopefully whoever ends up writing it can come up with a better name than Spy’s Kid.

What do you think? Does this story have potential? Are you interested in seeing De Niro and LaBeouf star opposite each other? Sound off below.

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