Zac Efron to Star in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman

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Zac Efron is set to star in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, a role to which Shia LaBeouf was previously attached, reports The Playlist. The movie is described as follows:

Charlie Countryman was just a normal guy… until he fell in love with the one girl who will probably get him killed. When Charlie meets the absolutely irresistible Gabi she’s already been claimed by Nigel, an insanely violent crime boss with a gang of thugs at his disposal. Armed with little more than his wit and naïve charm, Charlie endures one bruising beat down after another to woo Gabi and keep her out of harm’s way. Finally his exploits of blind valor create such a mess that he’s left with only one way out; to save the girl of his dreams, must Charlie Countryman die?

The movie was written by Matt Drake. Dante Ariola was previously expected to direct, but that is no longer the case.