Shia LaBeouf in a Grisham Movie Was Probably Inevitable

December 2, 2008

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Author John Grisham, who will write a legal thriller plot between the embossed covers of anything titled "The ________", has a new novel due out in January, and, surprise, it's already being developed into a feature film. Called The Associate, the film will tell the story of "a student who's about to graduate from Yale Law School when he's manipulated into accepting a job at a prestige law firm and given privileged information about a multibillion-dollar lawsuit." Hmm, but who's a popular, college-age actor who could play such a role? Ah, of course:

Paramount Pictures has set Shia LaBeouf to play the title role in the bigscreen version of John Grisham's upcoming legal thriller "The Associate," which the studio has just acquired rights to.

The novel, Grisham's first legal thriller since 2005's "The Broker," will be published in January by Random House.

Be it cell phone, alien skull, AllSpark, or the modest briefcase, there is nothing Shia LaBeouf can't run around holding while shouting. He's truly our most versatile holding things and yelling young actor. When he steps into a legal thriller courtroom, the jury is going to be so awed at how he holds his briefcase and shouts objections, all with the charisma of a young Tom Hanks.

Shia LaBeouf to star in 'Associate' [Variety]

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