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Zac Efron Replaces Shia LaBeouf in Legal Thriller 'The Associate'

April 3, 2014 (3:54 am) GMT
Besides playing the lead role, the 'Neighbors' actor will serve as a producer for the big-screen take on John Grisham's novel.

will star in and produce an adaptation of John Grisham's legal thriller novel "", according to The Wrap. was initially attached to play the lead role when the project was set up at Paramount.

Efron is set to play a Yale Law School grad who is blackmailed by a group of criminals. He is forced to work at the world's largest law firm, where he's tasked with spying on their work in a dispute between two powerful defense contractors.

Aside from letting go of "The Associate", LaBeouf also exited from Barry Levinson's comedy "" which is supported by A-listers like , , , , and . He is replaced by "" star .

LaBeouf, who was entangled in a plagiarism scandal early this year, was last seen in "" which unfortunately tanked on box office. He will next appear in David Ayer's war film "" along with , , and .

Efron himself released his bromance movie "", starring and , in January. He will be feuding onscreen with in "" due May 9 Stateside.

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