Director Lee Daniels has only helmed three films, but each one has boasted a fascinating, eclectic cast: There was 2005’s Shadowboxer, starring, among others, Cuba Gooding Jr., Helen Mirren, and Macy Gray; 2009’s Oscar-nominated Precious, starring the Oscar-nominated Gabourey Sidibe, Oscar winner Mo’Nique, and Mariah Carey; and now The Paperboy, starring Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack, Nicole Kidman, and Zac Efron. And seeing the latter four actors together on one poster has left me really intrigued.
The film, which is adapted from Pete Dexter’s novel, centers on a reporter and his brother who attempt to get an innocent man off death row in the mid-1960s. Efron’s always looked best in mid-20th century garb (see: Hairspray), and the retro poster is no exception. (It’s rare that an actor looks so good, he pushes McConaughey into the background.) But the poster’s real draw is Cusack, whose eyes are so intense, it’s easy to question his character’s proclaimed innocence. I’m in — are you? Poster after the jump!
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