Transformers actor Shia LaBeouf has yet to make the jump to superhero movies, though he claims he came close with Suicide Squad. According to LaBeouf, director David Ayer offered him the role of GQ in the film, which was eventually played by Scott Eastwood after Warner Bros. wouldn't allow Ayer to hire him.
“The character was different initially, LaBeouf explained to Variety. “Then Will [Smith] came in, and the script changed a bit. That character and Tom [Hardy’s] character [later played by Joel Kinnaman] got written down to build Will up. I don’t think Warner Bros. wanted me. I went in to meet, and they were like, ‘Nah, you’re crazy. You’re a good actor, but not this one.’ It was a big investment for them.”
LaBeouf's comments also indicate that the roles of several characters were changed to accomodate Will Smith, which would not be unheard of when casting an actor of Smith's profile.
LaBeouf previously worked with Ayer on 2014's Fury.