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Ben Foster replaces Shia LaBeouf in 'Orphans'

Shia LaBeouf is out. Ben Foster is in.

A day after LaBeouf stepped away from the play that would have marked his Broadway debut, he was replaced by Foster, The Associated Press reports.

LaBeouf responded to the backstage turmoil by posting private messages from the show's actors and creative team sent to him that expressed sadness for any creative disagreements and high admiration for LaBeouf's skills.

Foster, whose 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 "Orphans" but had lost the role to the star of the "Transformers" franchise.

After LaBeouf left the production on Wednesday because of what were described as "creative differences," Foster was picked. After the change was announced, LaBeouf tweeted: "Ben Foster is a beast. He will kill it," in all capital letters. Foster will be making his Broadway debut.

The switch in actors hasn't delayed the show. Producers said "Orphans" will still open March 19 at the Schoenfeld Theatre.

LaBeouf apparently stepped away from the play without burning too many bridges -- at least according to the messages he's posted on Twitter. The actor published email messages between him, co-stars Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge and director Daniel Sullivan that indicated a somewhat amicable, if anguished, split.

"Sorry for my part of a dis-agreeable situation," he wrote to Baldwin in an email posted on LaBeouf's Twitter feed.

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