While one Shia LaBeouf film screens at Cannes, another will -- hopefully -- be sold. Variety reports that the actor has been tapped to star in Mandate Pictures' The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. Matt Drake wrote the script and commercial director Dante Ariola will direct.

A romantic action film, the story focuses on a man (LaBeouf) who falls in love. Unfortunately, the object of his affections isn't the safest bet. She's "already been claimed by an insanely violent crime boss with a gang of thugs at his disposal." The Hollywood Stock Exchange has more info that flushes out the story. LaBeouf's character heads to Budapest after his mom dies of cancer, and while he's on the train, an elderly neighbor also dies -- but not before giving the guy a gift for his daughter. LaBeouf finds the girl, falls in love, and, well, the rest is messy mafia history.

The film was on the Black List way back in 2007, but now things seem on the up and up. Mandate hopes to hop into production this fall as Lionsgate handles international sales at Cannes.
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