Millennium Entertainment has set an October 5 theatrical release date for “The Paperboy,” meaning that as the trees start shedding their leaves, American audiences will be treated to the spectacle of Nicole Kidman urinating on Zac Efron.
Directed by the Oscar-nominated Lee Daniels (“Precious”), the idiosyncratic and steamy thriller was a real love it or loath it entry at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The peeing scene attracted the lion’s share of the media attention, as did Daniels penchant for shooting Efron in various stages of undress.
For the record, Kidman only urinates on the “High School Musical” star to take care of a nasty jellyfish sting, the efficacy of which is the subject of some debate among medical researchers.
Set in a small town in Florida in 1969, “The Paperboy” tells the story of a young man (Efron) helping a reporter (Matthew McConaughey) uncover the truth about a death row inmate (John Cusack), who might have been wrongly convicted. In the process, he falls for the convict’s lover (Kidman).
Enough Southern baked erotica ensues to make Tennessee Williams blush.
The film is produced by Daniels, Avi Lerner, Ed Cathell III, Cassian Elwes and Hilary Shor. Executive producers are Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, John Thompson, Boaz Davidson, Mark Gill and Jan DeBont. The screenplay is written by Pete Dexter and Daniels, based on Dexter’s novel.
“I’m delighted by the extraordinary audience response at Cannes to Lee Daniels’ film and we’re thrilled to release ‘The Paperboy’ this fall,” Millennium Entertainment CEO Bill Lee said in a statement. “Lee’s unique filmmaking voice combined with this high profile cast makes for a must-see movie.”
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