Last year we saw on set photos of Zac Efron wearing only his undergarments while filming the new Lee Daniels film The Paperboy. Today, all these months later, we get to see the first video trailer released for the film. Set in the crime-filled and sex-charged swamplands of South Florida in the 1960’s, The Paperboy stars Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, David Oyelowo, Macy Gray, John Cusack and Nicole Kidman. After you get an eyeful of the trailer above, click below to see the film’s movie poster and learn more about the somewhat confusing storyline.
From Oscar® nominated director Lee Daniels (Precious) comes a provocative, sexually-charged tale of desire, ambition, prejudice and crime set in the 1960s swamplands of South Florida. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, David Oyelowo, Macy Gray, John Cusack and Academy Award® winner Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy dips into the gritty human underside of a murder investigation, as a compelling cast of characters confront obsession, deception and their own dark, dark demons on the muddy road towards retribution.
It all begins in the steamy rural backwater of Moat County, Florida, where things have been done the same way for decades, yet change is bubbling beneath the surface. Boyish Jack Jansen (Efron), son of the local newspaper publisher, has just returned home after being kicked out of college, only to take the lowly job of paperboy. But that too changes when his idolized journalist brother Ward (McConaughey) comes to town from Miami on the trail of a story that could make his career.
Bringing in tow his hotshot writing partner Yardley (Oyelowo) and the alluring death-row groupie Charlotte Bless (Kidman), Ward plans to prove that an innocent man has been railroaded on his way to the electric chair. With Jack as their driver, the quartet arranges to meet Hillary Van Wetter (Cusack), the seedy alligator hunter hastily convicted of killing the local sheriff, at the prison. But what erupts between them all is a tangled web of sexual tension, mixed motives and shadowy facts that will set off not only a search for the truth but a chain reaction of passion and violence. Observing it all is Jack’s only real confidante — the disregarded family maid Anita (Gray) – who watches in dismay as his innocence is turned inside out.
The trailer makes more sense after I read the film description but, yeah, it kinda feels like an odd film. I’m not sure what to make of those Southern accents but, OK, I guess we’ll go with it. I’m not gonna lie, I may just tune in for the gratuitous underwear shots, to be quite honest. Whether or not The Paperboy will be as significant as Precious was remains to be seen. But let me be the first one to throw out the suggestion that Zac Efron be nominated at next year’s Oscars for Best Wet Underwear Scene.