Shia LaBeouf Signs on for ‘The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman’

The ‘Transformers’ star will play the title character in the Mandate Pictures film.
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Shia LaBeouf to star as Charlie CountrymanShia LaBeouf,one of Hollywood's most sought after young actors will star in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman for Mandate Pictures. Dante Ariola will direct the romantic actioner from an original screenplay by Matt Drake. Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa of Bona Fide Productions will produce along with William Horberg. Dean Parisot and Mandate president Nathan Kahane will executive produce. Bona Fide's Carlo Martinelli will serve as a co-producer. Lawrence Grey will oversee the project on behalf of the company. Mandate has the film on the fast track toward a fall 2010 production. Lionsgate is launching international sales in Cannes next month.

SYNOPSIS: 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?

Coming off of the success of the Transformers and Indiana Jones franchises, LaBeouf was recently seen alongside Julie Christie in New York, I Love You. He will next appear in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Oliver Stone's follow up to the 1987 hit Wall Street which will be shown at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2010. He is currently in production on Transformers 3 for DreamWorks.

Dante Ariola is a five-time DGA Award nominee and won the prestigious title of DGA Commercial Director of the Year in 2007. He has directed commercials for Coca-Cola, Levi's, Nike, HP, and Sony PlayStation, among others.

Matt Drake's "Charlie Countryman" screenplay was featured on the 2007 Black List. Drake is currently writing Project X for Todd Phillips (Green Hat Films) and Joel Silver (Silver Pictures). Project X marks the first feature Phillips will produce under his banner at Warner Bros. Previously, Drake co-wrote Tully with Hilary Birmingham. The film was nominated for four Independent Spirit awards including Best Screenplay and Best Feature.

Charlie Countryman was released November 15th, 2013.

Sources: Mandate Pictures

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  • remy72883 • 5 years ago

    i like to think he is still young and can learn alot in time if given the right opportunity, personally i enjoyed him alot in Disturbia, and a few others, the films itself sounds like it could work, but once again, if it is done right,.


    • tyranus • 5 years ago

      I agree with Todd89, LaBeouf should stick with comedy, as a dramatic actor he just doesn't sync. I won't completely bash him because acting isn't easy and I personally am very bad at it, so I won't criticize him for something I myself could never do at the risk of sounding like a hypocrite, but he should train up a bit. There are actors out there who are just so terrible I can't watch them on screen without getting furious, Colin Ferrel and Miley Cyrus are good examples. They are just so grating on the senses and they don't act they just flaunt their arrogance for the world to see. I won't go any farther on my Miley Cyrus or my Colin Ferrel rants


      • zanyzap • 5 years ago

        They might've confused LeBeouf with Ashton Kutcher... ;P


        • instead8909 • 5 years ago

          he's not bad and he isn't that good, Shia needs to stick to one thing, comedy. Otherwise he desperately needs to go back to acting school for at least six weeks.


          • err2005 • 5 years ago

            i'm glad someone else said it.


            • emmytt • 5 years ago

              sounds bad


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