Shia LaBeouf, who, in a matter months, seems to have, well, transformed from plucky young gun to certifiable leading man, has just signed on to star in 'The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman,' for Lionsgate.

According to a press release issued today, the "romantic actioner," set to be helmed by noted commercial director Dante Ariola in his feature film debut, is about a regular guy, LaBeouf's Charlie, whose love for the (as yet uncast) impossibly charming Gabi almost gets him killed -- over and over again. Seems that a crazy-violent crime boss already has set his sights on Gabi and isn't going to let some kid swoop in and steal her affections. Shia LaBeouf, who, in a matter months, seems to have, well, transformed from plucky young gun to certifiable leading man, has just signed on to star in 'The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman,' for Lionsgate.

According to a press release issued today, the "romantic actioner," set to be helmed by noted commercial director Dante Ariola in his feature film debut, is about a regular guy, LaBeouf's Charlie, whose love for the (as yet uncast) impossibly charming Gabi almost gets him killed -- over and over again. Seems that a crazy-violent crime boss already has set his sights on Gabi and isn't going to let some kid swoop in and steal her affections.

Matt Drake's original script for the project had languished on 2007's "black list" (Tinseltown's best unproduced screenplays) but is now being fast-tracked by Mandate Pictures to begin production this fall.

LaBeouf's latest, as legions of little French girls are no doubt aware, 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,' is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next month and will hit theaters in September.

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