For all the public provocation Shia LaBeouf did in 2014, the new year brought with it a nice surprise from the 28-year-old Fury actor. And what a difference a year makes. LaBeouf is exquisitely wordless opposite 11-year-old dance phenom Maddie Ziegler in Sia’s music video for “Elastic Heart,” his latest filmed art project after baring it all in a 2012 Sigur Ros video.
It’s also the second impressive recent turn for Ziegler, the stunning soloist from Sia’s “Chandelier” video that went viral last summer and has notched 432 million views to date. (Reality TV addicts also know Ziegler as one of the stars of Lifetime’s Dance Moms which, for better or worse, launched her showbiz career.)
Last year, onetime Transformers star LaBeouf appeared in Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac I and II and disappeared into his ensemble role in David Ayer’s WWII tank film Fury. Offscreen he managed to find time to become embroiled in a plagiarism kerfuffle, take Cannes by storm, disrupt Alan Cumming’s return to Cabaret, and submit to the mercy of strangers in an art gallery in LA.
The “Elastic Heart” video – directed by Sia and Daniel Askill with choreography by Ryan Heffington – highlights the elusive, vulnerable LaBeouf who must have been locked up in a cage during more controversial confrontations of 2014; next up is a starring role in Dito Montiel’s post-apocalyptic thriller Man Down.