That Shia LaBeouf passion project you wanted has finally arrived. According to Variety, the "Transformers" star is currently lined up to play the lead in "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman," which has LaBeouf's character falling in love with a woman who's already "been claimed by a violent crime boss." ("Claimed?" OK, then.)

LaBeouf originally joined the film in 2010, but had to drop out due to Optimus Prime-related scheduling conflicts. After that, Zac Efron was briefly attached to the role, before LaBeouf circled back.

Shia has been making non-acting headlines recently, first for his quotes in Details, where he discussed hooking up with his "Transformers" co-star Megan Fox, then for getting in a bar fight while shooting "The Company You Keep" in Vancouver.

The star has seemingly shifted away from big-budget blockbusters with his recent run of acting roles. "The Company You Keep" comes from director Robert Redford and features an all-star cast (LaBeouf will play a young journalist in the film), while "The Wettest County" is director John Hillcoat's moody follow-up to "The Road." In that film, LaBeouf co-stars opposite Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Mia Wasikowska as a bootlegger.

"The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman," which will presumably not have Megan Fox starring as Shia's love interest, has no release date at this time.

[via Variety]
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