It may seem unlikely, but Shia LaBeouf is about to become the smartest man alive. You can thank medical science and novelist Alan Glynn, whose fictional pharmaceutical in 2002 novel The Dark Fields is the reason behind LeBeouf's transformation into a chemical renaissance man.
LaBeouf has signed on to star in the upcoming adaptation of Glynn's novel, which centers around former coke addict and current copywriter Eddie Spinola's discovery of miracle drug MTD-48, which not only makes the user more charismatic and intelligent than before, but also contains some... well, homicidal side-effects. The movie version will be written by Hairspray's Leslie Dixon (No stranger to altered states, having written the remake of Freaky Friday) and directed by The Illusionist's Neil Burger. No word yet whether CGI will be required to make Shia charismatic.
Shia LeBeouf visits 'Dark Fields' [Variety]