Shia LaBeouf eyes co-star roles alongside Pitt, De Niro

Los Angeles, Apr 24 (EFE).- Shia LaBeouf, known for his starring roles in the Transformers saga, is in talks to co-star alongside Brad Pitt in a World War II thriller and join Robert De Niro for a film set in the world of American espionage, the entertainment media reported.

According to Variety magazine, LaBeouf is in discussions to play a member of a tank crew in "Fury," a film that David Ayer is to direct from his own script and which is based on a true story.

Shooting is scheduled to begin in September.

The story is set in 1945, when the Nazi regime is on the brink of collapse and a group of five American soldiers face a German battalion behind enemy lines.

Pitt will play the commander of the Sherman tank and its five-man crew.

The 26-year-old LaBeouf, who starred in "The Company You Keep," now in theaters, and has just finished filming Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac," also is in talks to appear in "Spy's Kid," in which he and De Niro would play a father-son spy duo.

"Spy's Kid" is to be directed by D.J. Caruso, with whom LaBeouf worked in the 2007 thriller "Disturbia" and the 2008 film "Eagle Eye."

The project is based on a series of articles written by Bryan Denson and originally published in 2011 in The Oregonian newspaper, concerning the true story of a traitorous spy named Jim Nicholson who, while in prison, enlists his son Nathan to continue his work.

The Hollywood Reporter said LaBeouf and De Niro will wait to see the final script before deciding whether to sign on to the project.