Shia LaBeouf Headlining John Grisham's The Associate
by Alex Billington
December 2, 2008
It looks like Shia LaBeouf will continue to call Paramount Pictures his home. LaBeouf has been cast as the lead in the big screen adaptation of John Grisham's The Associate. Paramount just acquired the rights to the book, which won't be published until January. LaBeouf will play a student who's about to graduate from Yale Law School when he's manipulated into accepting a job at a prestigious law firm and given privileged information about a multibillion-dollar lawsuit. This marks LaBeouf's sixth big film at Paramount, following Disturbia, Transformers, Indiana Jones 4, Eagle Eye, and the upcoming Transformers 2.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura, of Shooter, Transformers, and Stardust, is producing. He was given the book by Grisham's rep while shooting Transformers 2 in the Middle East, where both he and LaBeouf agreed to do it. I might say that it seems like the role was made for LaBeouf, given Grisham hasn't often had young lead characters, but I highly doubt that was the case. I'll be interested in hearing more about the story and whether it lives up to Grisham's past legal thrillers. So far it sounds like it could turn out to be a pretty solid story with some good twists. You can already pre-order a hardcover copy of the book on Amazon.