"American Honey" Photocall - The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15: Actor Shia LaBeouf attends the "American Honey" photocall during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) Pascal Le Segretain—Getty Images

Here's Your First Look at Shia LaBeouf as Tennis Superstar John McEnroe for Borg/McEnroe

Oct 05, 2016

Fresh off his unconventional turn as a rough-edged, down-and-out youth for American Honey, Shia LaBeouf has resurfaced in the first images from the set of Borg/McEnroe. The new movie, which follows the infamous rivalry between the two tennis legends John McEnroe and Björn Borg and culminated in their epic 1980 Wimbledon showdown, features LaBeouf as the outsized character of McEnroe and Sverrir Gudnason as Borg.

In an interview last spring with Variety, LaBeouf called the story "truthful, tangible, anchored, human" and noted that he cried the first time he read the script. He added that he was "eager" to meet McEnroe before shooting (which started in August).

"I got nothing but love and respect for him," he said. As for similarities between the two men? "Everything in common. Passionate. Perfectionist. Narcissistic. I’m a bit of a caricature also."

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