“The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman” is a film that this writer reported on last week and incurred the wrath of many a commenter by expressing reservations over the casting of Rupert Grint. Well, you won’t find any reservations about this latest bit of casting (or about Grint again – hell hath no fury like a ‘Potter’ fan scorned) as Aubrey Plaza confirmed to Latino Review that she’s joined the cast, alongside Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Til Schweiger, Mads Mikkelsen and Melissa Leo. U.K. readers may also be interested to read that “The Inbetweeners” star James Buckley is also on board.
And wow, if that isn’t one helluva cast that’s been assembled. Plaza has stood out on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” – and that’s no mean feat, considering the strength and depth of that cast – and has stolen scenes in the likes of “Mystery Team,” “Funny People,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and “Damsels in Distress,” and has upcoming lead roles in “Safety Not Guaranteed” and “The To Do List.” We’re big fans of Plaza here at The Playlist, and it’s great to see that she seems to be getting a wider range of roles than those we’re used to seeing her in.
There’s no news of Plaza’s role in the film, but the man with every vowel in his name (Shia LaBeouf, a man after my own heart) will play the eponymous Charlie Countryman and Evan Rachel Wood will take on the female lead, Gabi. Here’s the full synopsis:
Charlie Countryman (LaBeouf) 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?