Shia LaBeouf Cast in 'Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman'
by Ethan Anderton
April 29, 2010
We've already seen Shia LaBeouf as an average dude getting caught in the wrong place at the wrong time with transforming cars and omnipotent sophisticated computer systems, and now we can toss another one into the mix for the young actor as Mandate Pictures announced today that he will star in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, which will serve as the feature directorial debut for commercial director Dante Ariola. The story is the typical awkward boy meets girl, girl has a crazy crime boss boyfriend, boy gets caught up with dangerous thugs and has to step up and be a man. Ah, young love is so full of fire these days.
Here's a little more in depth with the story: Charlie meets the absolutely irresistible Gabi, but 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. Surely throughout all this LaBeouf will scream "No, no, no, no, no!"
Ariola is an acclaimed commercial director who was the DGA's Commercial Director of the Year in 2007 and has directed spots for brands like Coca-Cola, Nike, and PlayStation. The script, written by Matt Drake (who is apparently also working on Todd Phillips' Project X), was featured on the 2007 Black List at #12, so it sounds like that might be the saving grace for a film whose logline doesn't sound all that promising with the exception of the seemingly unavoidable demise waiting for Charlie Countryman in the end. LaBeouf brings a lot of energy to any project he's working on, and is definitely one of the reasons such an outlandish flick like Transformers feels more grounded. The guy is that genuine of a presence on screen, in my opinion. Anyway, expect to hear more about this project as it develops.