Dante Ariola will direct the romantic actioner

Shia LaBeouf has signed on to star in “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman” for Mandate Pictures.

Commercials helmer Dante Ariola will direct the romantic actioner from an script by Matt Drake.

Story centers on the titular character (LaBeouf) who falls in love with Gabi, who’s already been claimed by Nigel, an insanely violent crime boss with a gang of thugs at his disposal. But saving Gabi might cost Charlie his life.

Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa of Bona Fide Prods. are producing alongside William Horberg. Dean Parisot and Mandate president Nathan Kahane are exec producing. Mandate is eyeing a fall start date.

Lionsgate is handling international sales at the Cannes Film Festival next month.

Update: LaBeouf to star in ‘Charlie Countryman’

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