Zac Efron Joins ‘The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman’

The actor replaces Shia LaBeouf in this drama about a young man who falls for a violent European mob boss’ girl.

Zac Efron joins the cast of The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman
Zac Efron joins the cast of The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman
Zac Efron will star in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, stepping into a role that Shia LaBeouf was once attached to.

We reported back in April that Shia LaBeouf would star in the drama, with Dante Ariola directing. Not only has Shia LaBeouf departed the project, but Dante Ariola has backed out as well. Mandate Pictures is currently seeking directors for The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman.

Matt Drake wrote the script, which was featured on The Black List in 2007. The story centers on a young man who decides to travel throughout Europe after his mother passes away. He meets the girl of his dreams, later learning that she belongs to a maniacal mob boss. Charlie endures a number of beatings, refusing to give up on the girl as he tries to get her out of the mob life.

Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa are producing along with Dean Parisot and William Horberg. Nathan Kahane will executive produce for Mandate Pictures.

The filmmakers hope to get production started sometime later this year.

Charlie Countryman was released November 15th, 2013 and stars Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Til Schweiger, Rupert Grint, James Buckley, Ion Caramitru, Vincent D'Onofrio. The film is directed by Fredrik Bond.

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  1. ZanyZap

    @dan1 and @daveactor7: My thoughts too. Efron must search for films with "Charlie" and "death" in the title. If you remember, the film was originally titled "The Life and Death of Charlie St. Cloud," like the book.

    And I agree @messenger. I've written before that I think Efron has great capacity as an actor, but he simply has not found the right movie to show his depth. This may be it. The plot sounds intriguing and if the script made the blacklist, professionals must think so too. He's the best possible replacement for Shia, I think.

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  2. Cripple

    This is a step in the right direction for him.

    4 years agoby @crippleFlag

  3. Dan

    @daveactor7 That was exactly what I thought immediately.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  4. Daveactor7

    lol another film with Zac Efron with the movie title that includes the name "Charlie"

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  5. K.Guy

    Darn. I was hoping for Shia.

    4 years agoby @kguyFlag

  6. MovieManiac

    I think that Efron is a good actor so i will give this a look but i was hoping that Shia was going to star in it.

    4 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

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