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At work with Lorenzo Di Bonaventura

A sampling of the go-to crew for di Bonaventura-produced films

Di Bonaventura on a bonny venture | Crime pays for Di Bonaventura | Di Bonaventura seeks sweet spot in marketing | ‘Red’ tries to answer the age-old question | Are studio execs merely producers-in-training? | At work with Lorenzo Di Bonaventura

Once a sidekick, now a star. In his first role for di Bonaventura, as the apprentice to a chainsmoking Keanu Reeves in “Constantine,” Shia LaBeouf impressed the producer enough for him to topline all three “Transformers” pics. LaBeouf will play troubled law student Kyle McAvoy in di Bonaventura’s screen adaptation of John Grisham’s “The Associate.”

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Mark Wahlberg made his debut in a di Bonaventura pic with a starring role in 2005’s “Four Brothers.” Wahlberg went on to appear in di Bonaventura’s “Shooters” two years later, as well as the upcoming “Four Brothers” sequel, “Five Brothers,” slated for next year.

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Longtime amigo Akiva Goldsman worked with di Bonaventura in his post-WB career on 2005’s “Constantine.”

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David Elliot and Paul Lovett worked on “Four Brothers,” “Five Brothers” and “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” while Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman teamed up for the first two “Transformers” films.

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Fresh off “Red,” which is being released this week, Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber are the writers behind upcoming “Man on a Ledge.”

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After smashing the B.O. with the first “Transformers” pic, it was no surprise when di Bonaventura paired with Michael Bay on the next two films in the franchise.

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Antoine Fuqua, who first teamed up with di Bonaventura on “Shooter” in 2007, signed up to direct “Consent to Kill” this year. The lenser also added the role of producer for long-awaited drama “SIS.”

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Among producers in di Bonaventura’s circle are Bob and Harvey Weinstein (on “1408” and “Derailed”), while Ed Solomon scripted and produced with him on 2009’s “Imagine That.”

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Di Bonaventura’s teamed up with multiple line producers for several films. Top picks include Ric Kidney (“Shooter, “Four Brothers,” “Salt,” “Moscow”), Jake Myers (“1408,” “Red,” “Man on a Ledge”), David Womark (“Stardust,” “G.I. Joe”) and Ian Bryce (all three “Transformers”).

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Three casting directors have found themselves recurring, so to speak, on di Bonaventura pics. Avy Kaufman (“Salt,” “Derailed”), Deborah Aquila (“Red,” “Man on a Ledge”) and Ronna Kress (“G.I. Joe,” “Moscow”) have all doubled up for the producer.

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Di Bonaventura has also admired the eye of Andrew Laws and Scott Chambliss, the production designers behind “1408” and “Salt,” respectively.

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