THEHOLLYWOODREPORTER.COM – Zac Efron will produce and star in a new adaptation of John Grisham’s The Associate.
Grisham’s legal thriller was originally published on January 27, 2009. The story follows a Yale Law School grad (Efron) who is blackmailed by a group of criminals. He’s told he must take a job at the world’s largest law firm, where he’ll be spying on their work in a dispute between two powerful defense contractors worth billions.
Efron will produce via his Ninja’s Runnin Wild banner (That Awkward Moment), and Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher (the producers behind the recent YA hit Divergent) will produce through Red Wagon Entertainment. Michael Simkin and Nicki Cortese will oversee development.
Sources say the producers are currently attaching a writer before bringing the package into studios.
Efron gained fame when he starred in the High School Musical franchise, and has expanded his work to include comedies like his most recent film, That Awkward Moment, which his Ninja’s Runnin Wild produced. Also taking on more dramatic roles in The Lucky One and The Paperboy, Efron will next be seen in Seth Rogen-starring comedy Neighbors. He’s repped by CAA and Alchemy Entertainment.
Grisham’s The Associate was set up at Paramount back in 2008, with Shia LaBeouf attached to star. Previous adaptation of Grisham’s books include The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker and The Runaway. Grisham is repped by The Gernert Company.
CAA reps both Ninja’s Runnin and Red Wagon.
I have added images of Zac from various 2014 appearances and our gallery is now back up to date with them. Candids will be coming at a later time.
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he Oscars are less than a week away and the entire list of presenters has been announced!
In years past, the Academy Awards producers have released the names of a few presenters each day leading up to the big night, but this year the star floodgates have been opened with all 47 names being unveiled.
The presenters for Sunday’s Oscars announced on Monday include
Amy Adams, Kristen Bell, Jessica Biel, Jim Carrey, Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Penelope Cruz, Benedict Cumberbatch, Viola Davis, Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Sally Field, Harrison Ford, Jamie Foxx, Andrew Garfield, Jennifer Garner, Whoopi Goldberg, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, Goldie Hawn, Chris Hemsworth, Kate Hudson, Samuel L. Jackson, Angelina Jolie, Michael B. Jordan, Anna Kendrick, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Bill Murray, Kim Novak, Tyler Perry, Brad Pitt, Sidney Poitier, Gabourey Sidibe, Will Smith, Kevin Spacey, Jason Sudeikis, Channing Tatum, Charlize Theron, John Travolta, Kerry Washington, Emma Watson and Naomi Watts.
Last year’s acting award recipients, Daniel Day-Lewis, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence and Christoph Waltz, were previously announced as presenters for Hollywood’s biggest night.
Find out who will take home Oscar gold at the 86th Annual Academy Awards, with host Ellen DeGeneres, on March 2 live on ABC at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT.
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DIGITALSPY.CO.UK – Zac Efron has confirmed reports linking him to a role in Star Wars Episode VII.
The 26-year-old actor was touted for a role in the Disney film last year, along with the likes of Ryan Gosling and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Asked by MTV about the possibility of starring in the JJ Abrams-directed film, Efron said: “Yeah, I just went and met with them. So I don’t know. It would be cool. I love [the Star Wars movies], I love them, but… who knows?”
Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving and Adam Driver are the most recent stars to be linked to Star Wars.
Abrams recently revealed that the film’s script is now complete, adding that his team are in “deep prep” for the film, which will be released in 2015.
He also confirmed that he has spoken with Breaking Bad actor Jesse Plemons about a role in Episode VII.
Star Wars Episode VII is scheduled for a December 18, 2015 cinema release.
Zac filmed an appearance for “Jimmy Kimmel Live Show” yesterday, and we have updated our gallery with images of him outside the studio. Make sure you click on “read more” at the end of the post to watch Zac’s entire interview.
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