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As Zac Efron continues to try to escape his Disney heartthrob reputation by starring in R-rated films like THAT AWKWARD MOMENT and NEIGHBORS (not to mention getting pissed on by Nicole Kidman), he has apparently agreed to not only star in, but also produce an adaptation of John Grisham’s 2009 novel, THE ASSOCIATE.
Grisham adaptation’s were all the rage in the 90s, with THE FIRM, THE PELICAN BRIEF, THE CLIENT, A TIME TO KILL, THE CHAMBER, and THE RAINMAKER. Things slowed down though and he hasn’t had an adaptation of one of his novels hit the big screen since 2004’s CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS or 2003’s RUNAWAY JURY, if you only want to count his legal dramas.
Here is Amazon’s description of the novel:
Kyle McAvoy possesses an outstanding legal mind. Good-looking and affable, he has a glittering future. He also has a dark secret that could destroy his dreams, his career, even his life. One night that secret catches up with him. The men who accost Kyle have a compromising video they’ll use to ruin him–unless he does exactly what they say. What they offer Kyle is something any ambitious young lawyer would kill for: a job in Manhattan as an associate at the world’s largest law firm. If Kyle accepts, he’ll be on the fast track to partnership and a fortune. But there’s a catch. Kyle won’t be working for the firm but against it in a dispute between two powerful defense contractors worth billions. Now Kyle is caught between the criminal forces manipulating him, the FBI, and his own law firm–in a malignant conspiracy not even Kyle with all his intellect, cunning, and bravery may be able to escape alive.
Yep, it definitely sounds like a John Grisham novel.
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