Sounds like some Hollywood agents were working over the holiday weekend. A couple of pieces of casting news have emerged today, and now that we're all emerging from our tryptophan hangovers we can get back to business, too. First up, Shia LaBeouf has signed on to star in the film adaptation of the new John Grisham thriller The Associate for Paramount. The novel, which will be published in January by Random House, tells the story of a Yale Law student (LaBeouf) who is manipulated into accepting a job at a prestigious law firm and given privileged information about a multi-billion dollar lawsuit. Being a Grisham novel, one would assume for nefarious purposes and with lots of running. The film will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who got the book while shooting the Transformers sequel with LaBeouf in the Middle East, and who, I feel I must note, produced both A Time to Kill and The Client, two movies I will watch whenever they are on TV, at any time.
Kristen Stewart, who was also busy this weekend playing Bella in Twilight, has been attached to star as Joan Jett in the rock 'n' roll biopic The Runaways. The film will follow Jett and the titular all-girl 1970's rock band, from their rise to fame as teenagers to their fall over management and money issues. Jett will serve as an executive producer on the film, which looks to shoot next year and will work around Stewart's schedule as she films the two Twilight sequels. If the comments on the Hollywood Reporter's online story are any indication, they'll also have to schedule around Stewart's making her way out of a paper bag, but I'm sure she'll be great.