The big screen adaptation of Pete Dexter's novel The Paperboy went out and got it's self a nice little cast of actors. Matthew McConaughey, Tobey Maguire, Sofia Vergara and Zac Efron are all set to star in the film being produced over at Millennium Films.
Precious director Lee Daniels will direct the thriller, which follows a Miami Times reporter as he returns to his Florida hometown to investigate the imprisonment of a death row inmate. This is a pretty solid cast of actors. I like that McConaughy is starting to take on meatier darker films, he's been stuck in this romantic comedy rut for awhile. I'm still not sold on Efron as a good actor that can take on a leading role in a film. Maguire and Vergara though are both awesome. There's no information on who will play what character in the film yet, but I guess if you've read the book you would be able to place them fairly easily.
Here's the official description of the book:
The sun was rising over Moat County, Florida, when Sheriff Thurmond Call was found on the highway, gutted like an alligator. A local redneck was tried, sentenced, and set to fry.
Then Ward James, hotshot investigative reporter for the Miami Times, returns to his rural hometown with a death row femme fatale who promises him the story of the decade. She's armed with explosive evidence, aiming to free--and meet--her convicted "fiancÚ."
With Ward's disillusioned younger brother Jack as their driver, they barrel down Florida's back roads and seamy places in search of The Story, racing flat out into a shocking head-on collision between character and fate as truth takes a back seat to headline news...