The Paperboy, starring Matthew McConaughey (The Lincoln Lawyer, Killer Joe), Zac Efron (Charlie St. Cloud, The Lucky One), Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Rabbit Hole) and John Cusack (The Raven) with David Oyelowo (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, The Help), Macy Gray (For Colored Girls) and Scott Glenn (upcoming Bourne Legacy) co-starring. New York Times’ best-selling author Pete Dexter, writer of such American classics as Paris Trout and Deadwood, adapted his book of the same name for the big screen with Director Lee Daniels. Daniels, who last helmed the Academy Award-winning Precious, is directing this unique character-driven thriller set in central Florida during the late 1960s.
The story follows two brothers: Ward Jansen (played by Matthew McConaughey), a reporter for the esteemed daily newspaper, The Miami Times, and Jack Jansen (played by Zac Efron), a recent college dropout who lives in a small town in central Florida with their gutless father, W.W. Jansen (played by Scott Glenn). When Ward shows up with his writing partner, Yardley Acheman (played by David Oyelowo), to investigate a story for their paper, Ward asks Jack to drive them around. The reason Ward is in town is that Charlotte Bless (played by Nicole Kidman), an enigmatic loner who writes to prisoners on death row, has convinced them that Hillary Van Wetter (played by John Cusack), an unsavoury alligator hunter from the backwoods, was wrongly convicted at a trial that took place near their hometown.
As the investigation unravels, it becomes clear that these brothers are on a journey that is filled with betrayal. The only thing that remains constant is that there is this strange, beautiful woman who falls in love with killers and her passion could be everyone’s downfall.