by: Sammy Mink
Jesse Eisenberg and Shia LaBeouf are in talks to star in Todd Phillips’ ARMS AND THE DUDES. Based on the article written by Guy Lawson, the comedy follows two twenty-something stoners who become arms dealers with a $300 million contract to supply arms to allies in Afghanistan, until the Pentagon turns on them. Phillips is directing for Warner Bros. from a script penned by Jason Smilovic.
Eisenberg, who is known for playing unpopular characters like Mark Zuckerberg in “The Social Network” and Jack in “To Rome With Love,” has another Warner Bros. project in the works right now. Eisenberg is playing Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” He has also been cast in the action/comedy “American Ultra” with Kristen Stewart, as well as Joachim Trier’s drama “Louder Than Bombs.” He will also reprise his role as J. Daniel Atlas in “Now You See Me 2.”
After making a name for himself as an action star in “Transformers” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” LaBeouf has been taking more indie roles in films like Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac” and Robert Redford’s “The Company You Keep.” His most recent project, David Ayer’s war drama “Fury,” is set to be released in October.