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    After he wraps up Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Disney Channel alum and Transformersstar Shia LaBeouf may be tackling a far less family-friendly role: The21-year-old hopes to play horror-core rapper Cage in a biopic thatshould make Eminem's 8 Mile look like Mary Poppins.Though LaBeouf only recently began speaking about his admiration forCage -- the actor even flashed the hand sign for Cage's crew, CardboardCity, on Saturday Night Live in April -- he's long been a fanof the rapper's nihilistic, profanity-strewn rhymes. "I have beenlistening to Cage since I got into hip-hop when I was 12," LaBeouf saysduring a break from filming the fourth Indy flick. "I grew up on theWest Coast listening to a lot of 2Pac and Eazy-E, so when I found outthat Cage was white, it was incredible. I'd never heard anything likethat." Years later, LaBeouf reached out to Cage as a fan.

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