Over a month ago, Variety first reported that Shia LaBeouf had signed on to star alongside Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones 4. However, when the news hit Shia, the kid immediately denied knowing anything about the project. This left most of us in movie news land somewhat baffled -- how could Variety report something that wasn't true? Well, USA Today now tells us as that Shia knew all along that he would be starring in the fourth installment -- even back when everyone was torturing him about it -- but was ordered by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas to stay silent. (I can just see it now; all three of them are in a room, Shia in an isolated chair with a spotlight shining squarely in his eyes. When all of a sudden, there's a voice -- it's Lucas: "Say anything about this kid, and Disturbia won't just be the name of the last movie you were in."
Says Shia, "Up until about two weeks ago, it was little more than a rumor. Literally, when I was saying, 'I don't know anything,' I didn't know anything. It was an act of faith. I have not read a script. I don't think anybody has." LaBeouf goes on to say that Lucas and Spielberg have refused to tell him anything about the plot (and I don't blame them; the kid does like to talk), except that his character will not be "Short Round, all grown up." Gee, I hope not -- what kind of message would we be sending our youth if we said a young Asian boy grew up to be some fast-talking American kid? As it stands right now, the general consensus is that Shia will be play Indy's son. Since Indy 4 will apparently take place a good 20 years after Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, there's plenty of time in there to give the adventurous archaeologist some offspring. With Cate Blanchett also set to star, shooting on Indiana Jones 4 will begin this summer; it shall arrive in theaters on May 22, 2008.