Zac Efron to Headline in John Grisham's "The Associate"

Posted Wednesday April 2, 2014 7:10 PM GMT

Taking his career in new directions, Zac Efron is stepping up to the plate as headliner and producer of a big screen adaptation of John Grisham's novel, "The Associate."

Although few details have been released about the project, the book was published in 2009, and the 26-year-old will produce the movie through his Ninjas Runnin' Wild with Red Wagon Entertainment's Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick.

According to the book's official synopsis, "Kyle McAvoy grew up in his father’s small-town law office in York, Pennsylvania. He excelled in college, was elected editor-in-chief of The Yale Law Journal, and his future has limitless potential. But Kyle has a secret, a dark one, an episode from college that he has tried to forget."

Continuing, the summary reads, "The secret, though, falls into the hands of the wrong people, and Kyle is forced to take a job he doesn’t want—even though it’s a job most law students can only dream about. Three months after leaving Yale, Kyle becomes an associate at the largest law firm in the world, where, in addition to practicing law, he is expected to lie, steal, and take part in a scheme that could send him to prison, if not get him killed."

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