Brace yourselves for The Paperboy, the latest feature film from Precious director Lee Daniels, starring DAVID OYELOWO. A sizzling, camp, deliciously trashy chunk of Southern-fried gothic, the film boasts an all star cast including Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron and John Cusack and covers all sorts of topics including jailhouse sex, life-saving golden showers, brutal bondage and large amounts of inventive nastiness!
The Paperboy is based on Pete Dexter’s noir-ish crime novel and takes place in the sun-drenched swamps of the deep south in 1969, where Miami Times reporter Ward Jansen (McConaughey) has returned to his hometown of Lately, Florida, to uncover the true story of Hillary Van Wetter (Cusack), who has been sentenced to death for allegedly killing a notoriously racist sheriff. With his partner Yardley (played by DAVID) and younger brother Jack (Efron), Ward seeks out the assistance of Charlotte Bless (Kidman), an aging Southern sexpot with a penchant for felons. Believing in Hillary’s innocence, the four embark on a journey into the alligator-infested backwaters, where secrets, lies and desires lurk just beneath the murky surface.
Unabashedly raunchy and playfully tongue-in-cheek, The Paperboy is wholly committed to crassness, complete with a garish colour palette, jagged cutting and a bleached-out aesthetic.
It opens in UK cinemas on 15th March. Make sure you catch it on the big screen. Here’s the trailer: