Shia LaBeouf

Paramount Pictures has named Shia LaBeouf as the lead in the studio's adaptation of the forthcoming John Grisham legal thriller The Associate.

LaBeouf will play a student nearing graduation from Yale Law School who is given privileged information about a multibillion-dollar lawsuit after he accepts a job at a prestigious law firm, according to Variety. The novel on which the film is based — Grisham's first legal thriller since 2005's The Broker — will be published in January.

Grisham's agent shopped the book to four producers before Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who worked on the Grisham films A Time to Kill and The Client, took interest. Bonaventura received the book in the Middle East, where he was working with LaBeouf on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

The film marks the latest LaBeouf vehicle from Paramount, which Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.