THE PAPERBOY is an upcoming thriller film stars Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, John Cusack, Nicole Kidman, David Oyelowo, and Macy Gray. Directed by Oscar winning filmmaker Lee Daniels (Precious), it is based on the 1995 novel The Paperboy by American author Pete Dexter. The film competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and received mixed reviews.
Lured by imploring letters from the beautiful siren Charlotte (Kidman), handsome, hard-nosed reporter Ward James (McConaughey) and his partner, Yardley Acheman (Oyelowo), return to Ward’s hometown of Lately, Florida, to investigate the seemingly unjust imprisonment of Charlotte’s lover, alligator hunter Hillary Van Wetter (Cusack). Hardened backwoods criminal Van Wetter has been stewing in a cell for four years, convicted – without conclusive evidence or even a fair trial - of killing the town’s sheriff. The investigative trio is made a quartet with the addition of Ward’s younger brother, Jack (Efron), who quickly confuses Charlotte’s maternal nature with love, and vows to protect her from Van Wetter. When Yardley publishes a story that exonerates Van Wetter, Ward goes off on a self-destructive bender that unveils his own dark secrets. Ultimately, Ward’s relentless pursuit of truth and justice, Jack’s journey into manhood, and a brutal reality check for Charlotte become entangled in Van Wetter’s manipulative web, resulting in one final, harsh confrontation.
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