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Zac Efron to Star in a Film Version of John Grisham’s The Associate

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 06:  Actor Zac Efron arrives at the "Parkland" premiere during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 6, 2013 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

It's been a hot second since every '90s heartthrob was all but required to cut his chiseled jaw on the film version of a John Grisham novel, but soon Zac Efron will take up the mantle once carried by the likes of Tom Cruise, Matthew McConaughey, and Denzel Washington. The Neighbors actor has signed on to produce an adaptation of 2009's The Associate, and will star as a Yale Law grad blackmailed into spying on a lawsuit between defense contractors. Ah, we can picture him running through a darkened parking garage with a briefcase while looking over his shoulder already.

Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/2013 Getty Images