Necessary-Death-of-Charlie-Countryman Shia LaBeouf Evan Rachel Wood

Millennium plans release later this year

Millennium Entertainment acquired U.S. rights to the thriller “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman,” starring Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood.

Cast includes Mads Mikkelsen, Til Schweiger, Rupert Grint, Aubrey Plaza, James Buckley and Melissa Leo, and was directed by Fredrik Bond. Millennium plans to release the film, which premiered at Sundance and screened in competition at Berlin, later this year.

Producers are Bona Fide Productions’ Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, Voltage Pictures’ Craig J. Flores and Wonderful Films’ William Horberg. Story centers on  the titular character falling in love with the wife of a vicious gangster and entering the Romanian underworld to protect her.

John Anderson said in his Variety review at Sundance: “A profoundly unnecessary movie, ‘The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman’ stars Shia LaBeouf as a Ratso Rizzo-impersonating American tourist bumbling through the Romanian netherworld in search of Evan Rachel Wood, whose accent and demeanor suggest that someone dumped a truckload of Ambien into the Bucharest water supply.”

Tristen Tuckfield negotiated the deal on behalf of Millennium Entertainment. CAA and Voltage Pictures’ Nicholas Chartier negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

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