The High School Musical alum's company Ninjas Runnin' Wild will produce the film alongside Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher at Red Wagon Entertainment. Ninjas produced Efron's most recent film, That Awkward Moment.
The actor will play Yale graduate Kyle McAvoy, a lawyer who finds himself blackmailed by criminals. McAvoy must take a position at the fictional Scully & Pershing, the world's largest law firm, in order to spy on the company and report on their work with two defense contractors.
The Associate is currently in development.
[The Hollywood Reporter]