Director Fredrik Bond's crime drama recently debuted at Sundance

Shia LeBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood stopped by the Variety Studio on Tuesday to discuss Fredrik Bond’s new drama “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman.” LeBeouf, who plays a guy in love with the girlfriend of a violent crime boss in the Sundance pic, says Matt Drake’s Black List script is still the best screenplay he’s ever read.

“The tone was like a Zsa Zsa Gabor narration,” he says. “I was looking for something in this vein.”

Wood, who had been unsucessfully trying to work with LeBeouf for years, said the drama was the perfect fit for the duo: “When I got this I was like ‘Ok yes, here we go’ This is why the other projects didn’t work out. This was meant to be.”

Produced by Voltage Pictures and Bona Fide Prods, “Charlie Countryman” marks the feature debut of commercials and music video director Fredrik Bond.

LeBeouf attributed he and Bond’s creative freedom on the project to the fact that he met the Voltage team on the set of Robert Redford’s “The Company You Keep.”

LeBeouf, who had been pursuing the gritty pulp story for years, said he met the Voltage team while shooting Robert Redford’s “The Company You Keep.”

“When you’re on a Redford set, you’re on a Redford set,” he says. “Because I met (Craig Flores and Nicolas Chartier of Voltage) in this light, they afforded us a lot of control when me and Fredrik got to go in and ask for things we wanted…namely our cast and the way in which we wanted to shoot it and where we wanted to shoot it.”

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