After Matt Drake’s script for The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman landed on the 2007 Black List (the list of best unproduced screenplays of the year), it caught the interest of Shia LaBeouf. But the Transformers franchise ate up most of the actor’s time, and Zac Efron stepped in to take his place. As often happens in Hollywood, things fell apart yet again, and now LaBeouf is done with his robot-related commitments and re-attached as the lead here. So what is this movie even about? Hit the jump to find out.
Variety reports commercial director Fredrik Bond is set to direct the “gritty pulp romance” that, despite that description full of Hollywood buzzwords, actually sounds pretty fantastic.
Here’s the full synopsis from Collider:
Charlie Countryman (LaBeouf) was just a normal guy…until he fell in love with the one girl who will probably get him killed. When Charlie meets the absolutely irresistible Gabi she’s already been claimed by Nigel, an insanely violent crime boss with a gang of thugs at his disposal. Armed with little more than his wit and naïve charm, Charlie endures one bruising beat down after another to woo Gabi and keep her out of harm’s way. Finally his exploits of blind valor create such a mess that he’s left with only one way out; to save the girl of his dreams, must Charlie Countryman die?
LaBeouf will appear next in John Hillcoat’s highly anticipated bootlegging drama The Wettest County with Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, and more. He’s also got Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep in post-production, with a phenomenal cast including Sam Elliot, Stanley Tucci, Brendan Gleeson, Brit Marling, Terrence Howard, Susan Sarandon, and Redford himself. Pre-production has begun on The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, with filming scheduled to start in Eastern Europe this May.