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Poster For Lee Daniels' First Post-"Precious" Directorial Effort "The Paperboy"

by Tambay A. Obenson
December 29, 2011 10:49 AM
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Been a few months since we wrote anything about this movie...

Here's your first official look at it - the poster for Lee Daniels' first post-Precious project that's actually gone through production.

He’s certainly been stacking up the projects over the last couple of years, since Precious - Selma, Miss Saigon, Iced, Anna In The Tropics, The Butler, and more, including, most recently, The Paperboy, based on an award-winning novel of the same name, written by Pete Dexter.

Described as a thriller, the synopsis for The Paperboy, courtesy of, reads: “W.W. (“World War”) James is editor of the Moat County (Florida) Tribune and the father of two boys. Ward, the elder, is a reporter for the Miami Times. Jack is a college dropout who delivers papers for his father. With his reporting partner Yardley Acheman, Ward returns to Moat County to investigate the murder of the sheriff and the subsequent trial of Hillary Van Wetter, who was imprisoned for the murder. The investigation calls Van Wetter’s guilt into question, and he is freed from death row. But at what price?

When initially reported, Lee Daniels was said to have made offers to Bradley Cooper (as the older brother Ward), Sofia Vergara (as the wife of a death-row inmate) and Alex Pettyfer (as the younger brother Jack) to star in the film.

That cast later changed to Matthew McConaughey, Tobey Maguire and Zac Efron, with Sofia Vergara being the only actor from the original roundup still involved.

But then Maguire and Sofia dropped out; the latter was replaced by Nicole Kidman.

And then, finally, it was announced that John Cusack would be taking over the role that Tobey Maguire was scheduled to play, with Brit actor David Oyelowo, who you may recall has long been attached to play Martin Luther King Jr in Lee Daniels' Selma, joining the cast, in which he plays a character named Yardley, described as "a journalist who teams with another writer (McConaughey) to investigate a murder conviction for a death row inmate (Cusack) in Florida."

An interesting note... described as a "sexual thriller," author Pete Dexter has apparently been working on an adaptation of the novel with Pedro Almodovar for a number of years, before Daniels stepped in; although it appears Almodovar is still attached as producer.

The film should be out in 2012, and I'm looking forward to seeing what else Daniels is capable of.

Full poster below, minus any sign of Oyelowo though (I suspect a trailer will turn up soon next).

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  • Miss Mooks | January 2, 2012 3:32 PMReply

    So excited. Anticipating Zac Efron's performance. Really interested in seeing something of "substance" from him. The poster alone makes me impatient. I really wanna see this movie. They did an excellent job on the very literal and to point of what's the movie about. Get into Nicole Kidman's eyes and how she's lookin' at Zac seductive yet sneaky---something's up her sleave and Zac looks naive yet curious. Ugh! Can't wait!!

  • Micah | December 30, 2011 12:45 AMReply

    It looks like Lee Daniels is still going off in interesting directions and taking chances. That I respect. I'll be checking this out when it hits theaters.

  • Margo | December 29, 2011 10:51 PMReply

    This sounds quite interesting....I'll definitely be checking it out and I really like the poster. I'm sure people have boxed Lee Daniel's in because of Precious so it'll be interesting to see how this turns out. As well as I like that Zac Efron is trying to do more...I hope this is a meaty role for him, I feel he can have a good career and not just be a pretty boy lol

  • Tamara | December 29, 2011 6:50 PMReply

    Definitely interested in this. I like this 'final' cast(ing).

  • Neziah | December 29, 2011 3:23 PMReply

    Not a fan of Zac Effron, but maybe this will be his breakout role. This sounds like a nice change of pace for Daniels as well, although I didn't dislike Precious as much as a lot of other people.

  • ANONYMOUS | December 29, 2011 2:17 PMReply

    Lee Daniels is the Devil.

  • Zach | December 29, 2011 1:14 PMReply

    Kidman has been attached to this for months not a couple of weeks and it's already been shot

  • Mekisha Hale | December 29, 2011 12:42 PMReply

    Can't wait to see more of this trailer when it's released. The story sounds interesting. The consent changes of the original cast. Who ever was the casting director really had their work cut out for them. It's going to be a busy year or years for director Lee Daniels with all those projects. Very impressive!!!

  • Zeus | December 29, 2011 12:34 PMReply

    Sounds good. I dig the poster.

  • ScriptTease | December 29, 2011 12:30 PMReply

    The synopsis sounds like it's going to be pretty good movie.

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