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The Paperboy focuses on a reporter (McConaughey) and his brother (Efron) who investigate the events surrounding a murder in order to free a man on death row, portrayed by Cusack. Kidman plays woman with a dark side who writes letters to men in prison, and brings the case of Cusack’s inmate to the attention of the brothers.
Kidman recently replaced Sofia Vergara in the role after the Modern Family actress was forced to back out because of a filming conflict with the ABC comedy. Tobey Maguire also dropped out last June, causing production to be delayed while Daniels looked for actors to replace both him and Vergara.
The drama, slated for release in 2012, is being produced by Daniels, Millenium Entertainment, Benaroya Pictures and Nu Image Films.
Efron, now starring in Garry Marshall’s romantic ensemble comedy New Year’s Eve, will also be seen next year in The Lucky One in addition to the collegiate drama Liberal Arts, co-starring Elizabeth Olsen. Meanwhile, Kidman stars in the upcoming HBO Films romance Hemingway and Gellhorn, playing war correspondent Martha Gellhorn to Clive Owen’s Ernest Hemingway.
As far McConaughey, the newly engaged actor will go shirtless in 2012 — this time, as retired stripper in Magic Mike, slated for release in June. Cusack’s upcoming projects include The Raven, The Numbers Station and The Frozen Ground.
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