Shia LaBeouf Back In For The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman

By Eric Eisenberg 2012-01-31 17:41:47discussion comments
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Shia LaBeouf has had a hard time deciding if he wants to star in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. The Transformers star first signed on for the project in April of 2010, but February of last year he was replaced by fellow Disney alum Zac Efron. Now that another year has passed, apparently LaBeouf's mood/availability has changed because now he's back in.

According to Variety, LaBeouf's schedule has cleared up enough that he will now be able to take the leading role in the "gritty pulp romance." The movie, described as a passion project for the actor, has Fredrik Bond attached to direct and Matt Drake, who wrote the upcoming Todd Phillips-produced comedy Project X, wrote the script (which was featured on the Black List). LaBeouf will play the title character, who is traveling abroad when he meets a girl and falls in love. The problem, however, is that she's romantically linked with a local crime boss, necessitating Charlie to fight for her, both so that he can protect her and so that he can prove his love. The actor most recently completed work on Robert Redford's The Company You Keep and will be seen later this year in John Hillcoat's Wettest County, co-starring Tom Hardy and Jessica Chastain.

It's nice to see that LaBeouf is not trying to find another blockbuster action film to star in and instead is looking for smaller fare where he can really cut his teeth as an actor. This project sounds like it has a lot of potential and it will be interesting to see how it develops.
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