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Zac Efron to get beaten up as Charlie Countryman

Zac Efron is set to take on a mafia boss after signing up to replace Shia Labeouf in violent action comedy The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman.

The High School Musical star will stun fans as the title character, who travels to Europe and falls in love with a woman - who turns out to be the girlfriend of a top gangster.

According to The Playlist, Efron will have to endure "one bruising beat down after another" to win over the girl in the upcoming movie, which LaBeouf was originally slated to star in.