Shia LaBeouf is about to turn his back on big-budget action films – well, probably not forever.
According to Deadline New York, LaBeouf will play the titular Charlie Countryman in the Matt Drake penned film about “a normal guy who falls in love with a woman who might get him killed, since she has been claimed by an insanely violent crime boss. Numerous beat downs by his ruthless rival and his gang members don’t sway the young man’s determination to court the young woman and remove her from harm’s way, even if it kills him.”
The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman marks another departure for LaBeouf who appears to be trying to build a wide and varied filmography since hitting the big time with Disturbia a few years back.
Since then he has enjoyed a run of strong action roles including the Transfomers films, the thriller Eagle Eye, and as Harrison Ford’s son in Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. He’ll be seen next alongside Michael Douglas in Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps – which was directed by the passionate Oliver Stone.
LaBeouf seems to want to spread his wings as an actor and Charlie Countryman and Money Never Sleeps seem to be a good way of showing his versatility. While the whiz-bang action of Michael Bay’s Transfomers franchise must be excellent for his bank balance, it really doesn’t allow for much range – considering that 95% of the audience is either there to ogle Megan Fox or the giant CGI robots.
If anything, Charlie Countryman should have style – drakeconsidering first time feature director Dante Ariola cut his teeth on a variety of high-profile commercials for Coke, Levi’s, Nike, and Sony PlayStation.
Matt Drake is also a hot commodity in Hollywood at the minute – having penned the enigmatically titled comedy Project X for Todd Phillips and Joel Silver.
Mandate Pictures will finance Charlie Countryman – which will be produced by Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa of Bona Fide Productions – alongside William Horberg and Dean Parisot. Mandate Pictures president Nathan Kahane will also act as an executive producer on the project.
It’ll be interesting to see when exactly Charlie Countryman will get underway, considering that Transformers 3 starts shooting soon. Shia LaBeouf will be in Cannes in mere days at the launch of Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps – maybe we’ll hear more at that time.
You can find more on The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman and Transformers 3 and the rest of Shia LaBeouf’s career here at Screen Rant.