Shia LaBeouf is slowly breaking away from blockbusters that earn hundreds of millions of dollars and further solidify his status as box office mega-gold, but do little to test his skill as an actor (unless you count yelling about robots or dodging explosions). A name like Shia screams “make an Indie!”, and that he will. According to IndieWire, LaBeouf has signed on to star in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. LaBeouf will play Charlie, a guy who falls in love with a woman tied to the mob. Presumably, he’ll die trying to save her, but you never know with these artsy, Indie films. Danny Ariola (A bunch of commercials) will direct the Mandate Pictures film.

Sure, Shia has starred in his fair share of box office lotto winners (Transformers, Eagle Eye, Indiana Jones), but unlike some other dipped-in-luck actors, he’s more catalyst than circumstance (i.e. Shia can act). Even if the movies weren’t the greatest (and they weren’t), it’s never been little LaBeouf stinking up the screen (it was the robots and old man Harrison Ford).

This fall he’ll star alongside Michael Douglas in the Oliver Stone-directed, unfortunately-titled, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. After that, it’s Indie time.

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