Ben Foster will join the cast of Orphans immediately in the role of “Treat,” formerly assumed by Shia LaBeouf.
Producers Frederick Zollo and Robert Cole said, “We are delighted that Ben will join Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge when rehearsals commence at Orphans tomorrow morning. He is an extraordinarily gifted actor.”
Production dates remain unchanged thus far, with previews beginning March 19 and opening night on April 7 at the Schoenfeld Theatre.
Earlier this week, we reported that, due to creative differences, Shia LaBeouf would not be continuing with the production. After Foster was announced as his replacement, LaBeouf tweeted: “Ben Foster is a beast. He will kill it,” in all capital letters. Foster will be making his Broadway debut in Orphans.
Ben Foster recently starred in two Sundance Films, “Ain’t Them Body Saints” and “Kill Your Darlings”, both of which will be released later this year by IFC Films and Sony Pictures Classics, respectively. The Village Voice noted about both performances that “Foster dazzled as the young William Burroughs on the edges of the Beat true-crime tale “Kill Your Darlings”, then impressed even more as a kindly deputy trying to keep the peace in “Ain’t Them Body Saints”, a performance that evokes the young Gene Hackman in its understated masculine authority.” In a poll of 42 critics conducted by Indiewire, Foster was named Best Supporting Performance for “Ain’t Them Body Saints”. Additionally, Foster stars opposite Mark Wahlberg in Peter Berg’s highly anticipated film “Lone Survivor” chronicling the true story of the June 2005 failed mission of Seal Team 10, which will be released by Universal Pictures this Fall.
Foster, whose additional film roles include “3:10 to Yuma” and “The Messenger” and who was on TV in “The Laramie Project” and “Six Feet Under,” had auditioned for the revival of Lyle Kessler’s play but had lost the role to the star of the “Transformers” franchise.