Shia LaBeouf Is Essential to 'Necessary Death'

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Shia LaBeouf is about to fall for the wrong woman.

The "Transformers" star has cleared his schedule and returned to his long-gestating passion project, "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman," according to Variety.

The gritty pulp romance will star LaBeouf as the title character, a normal guy who falls for a woman who's been claimed by a violent crime boss. Fredrik Bond is set to direct the film, which was written by Matt Drake ("Project X").

"Necessary Death" is officially in pre-production now that LaBeouf has re-committed to starring in the film. He first became attached to the project back in April 2010 but his busy schedule kept the film from moving forward, with Zac Efron even briefly attached to star instead.

Shia LaBeouf looks to be leaving his blam-pow "Transformers" days behind him with a series of featured roles in high-profile dramatic projects. He'll next be seen in John Hillcoat's Depression-era bootlegging drama, "Wettest County," opening Aug. 31, and in Robert Redford's political thriller, "The Company You Keep," which will probably premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Hey, you can't drive around in Bumblebee and scream "Optimus!!" at the top of your lungs forever. We're looking forward to seeing Shia all grown up.

Filming on "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman" will commence later this year.