Right on the heels of Eagle Eye, Shia LaBeouf is signing on for another role that has him playing the slacker dude thrown into extraordinary circumstances. The Hollywood Reporter posts that the actor has signed on to star in The Dark Fields, a new thriller by The Illusionist director Neil Burger, which is based on the book by Alan Glynn.

The novel follows a divorced copywriter in Manhattan who gets a helping of MDT-48, a new, illegal drug that will make him smarter -- a drug he scores from his dealer and ex-brother-in-law. While reveling in the financial and social success of his new-found smarts, he ignores a selection of side effects from terrible headaches to "trip-switching" -- a phenomenon that makes time move like stop-motion. He becomes a successful addict, who then gets implicated in a murder and linked to pharmaceutical espionage.

The project is being linked to both Fight Club and The Game, and I can't tell if that's just a reference to the style of the film, or a big, spoiler-filled mistake, since both films deal with surprise twists that rewrite reality. In the meantime, of course, we get to see LaBeouf go on adventures with Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Eagle Eye, and New York, I Love You. Oh, and don't forget Transformers 2.
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