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Nicole Kidman has had some major ups and down the past few years. Following her Academy Award-nominated performance in John Cameron Mitchell's heartbreaking indie drama Rabbit Hole, she appeared in the critically reviled Adam Sandler comedy Just Go With It then the senseless Joel Schumacher thriller Trespass, which was not only loathed by critics but made a paltry $24,000 in its domestic release. Let me say that again: Trespass made only $24,000 in US theaters.
However, there's some deeply intriguing films on the horizon for the Aussie star, from Park Chan-wook's creepy thriller Stoker, to the recently wrapped war drama Railway Man, and the Olivier Dahan-directed Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco. But before any of these promising pictures make their way to theaters, Kidman will traipse across the big screen playing shameless white trash in Lee Daniel's already controversial follow-up to Precious, the sultry Southern thriller The Paperboy. Will it be a hit or miss for Kidman? Take a look at the latest clip, which features her languid femme fatale flirting with Zac Efron's titular paperboy, then sound off in comments.
Inspired by Peter Dexter's crime novel, The Paperboy centers on the quest of two brothers, one an investigative journalist (Matthew McConaughey) the other a naïve paperboy (Efron), to seek the truth in a strange murder case, urged on by the accused's wannabe bride (Kidman). David Oyelowo and John Cusack co-star as McConaughey's colleague and the jailbird object of Kidman's affections, respectively.
The Paperboy with make its US premiere October 3rd at the New York Film Festival as part of the Gala Tribute to Nicole Kidman; a limited theatrical release will follow on October 5th.