That said, I’m very excited that Shia has taken time off from his awesome social experiments and indie flicks to flex his acting muscles. I mean, damn, I’m the hugest Shia stan, but the last time I was actually excited about a Shia role was in Sia’s “Elastic Heart” music video.
On Sunday it was announced that Shia has signed on to play the crazy tennis icon John McEnroe in an upcoming biopic. The film, titled Borg/McEnroe, will follow McEnroe’s rivalry with Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg and and trace their “long-running battle for supremacy in the tennis world in the 1970s and 1980s.”
We can assume the film’s climactic battle will take place at the legendary 1980 Wimbledon Men’s Singles final, where McEnroe was famously booed by the crowd. Between 1978 and 1981, the two squared off 14 times.
On Sunday at Cannes, Shia discussed stepping into McEnroe’s tennis shoes, referencing his role as ‘Jake’ in the Cannes selection American Honey.
"Jake is me. So is McEnroe. That’s it, man," he said. "I understand these people, I empathize with them. I get it. You turn things up and turn things down. It’s me."
Danish filmmaker Janus Metz is set to direct Borg/McEnroe. And Shia will presumably win the Oscar probably in 2018. Until then, watch "Elastic Heart" below: