Maddie Ziegler + Shia LaBeouf = A Bizarre New Sia Video

This just in: Maddie Ziegler—whom we haven't been able to stop talking about since May—escaped from the dusty, empty house of Sia's "Chandelier" video, only to be found trapped in a giant cage. With Shia LaBeouf.

Shia LaBeouf and Maddie Ziegler in Sia's "Elastic Heart"

This unlikely image comes to us courtesy Sia's bizarre "Elastic Heart" video, released today. Choreographed by Ryan Heffington—the L.A.-based artist who also created the moves for "Chandelier"—"Elastic Heart" has the same eerie hallmarks of its predecessor: eye-popping facial expressions, intricate hand gestures and enough feats of flexibility to redouble our admiration of Maddie's technique. But this video is likely to cause even more controversy than the much-discussed "Chanedlier," because now there's an almost-nude 28-year-old male involved, serving as the 12-year-old's competitor-turned-friend.

While the message of the video isn't super clear, one thing's for sure: People are going to be talking about it for a long time. Check it out below, and let us know what you think in the comments.

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