Lee Daniels' Star-Heavy 'The Paperboy' Gets Release Date

The Paperboy

When Stella, his passion project on Civil Rights, stalled, Precious director Lee Daniels chose a change of pace with this thriller about a journalist investigating a case on death row.

The film, which had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last month, stars Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron and John Cusack.

Millennium Entertainment's distribution arm will release Lee Daniels' The Paperboy in U.S. theaters Oct. 5.

The film -- which got a 16-minute standing ovation after its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last month -- stars Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, David Oyelowo, Macy Gray and John Cusack.

Millennium produced Paperboy and had shopped the movie to other domestic buyers but ultimately decided to retain distribution duties.

An erotic thriller set in 1969, Paperboy tells the story of a young man who returns to his small Florida hometown to help his reporter brother uncover the truth about a man on death row, who might have been wrongly convicted. In the process, he falls for the convict’s lover. Conflict, danger, deceit, seduction and betrayal ensue.

“I feel so blessed that Millennium will be releasing The Paperboy in the U.S,” said Daniels. “They have been with me since the very beginning of this journey, and I know they will make sure this movie gets the best possible exposure. My amazing cast and crew worked so hard to make this project, and I am honored that Millennium will be bringing my movie to American audiences.”

Paperboy is produced by Daniels, Avi Lerner, Ed Cathell III, Cassian Elwes and Hilary Shor. Executive producers are Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, John Thompson, Boaz Davidson, Mark Gill and Jan DeBont.

Daniel and Pete Dexter wrote the adapted script based on Dexter's novel.

“Lee’s unique filmmaking voice combined with this high-profile cast makes for a must-see movie," Millennium Entertainment CEO Bill Lee said.