Zac Efron ~ Update on ‘The Paperboy’
THR has reported that Nicole Kidman is in talks to replace Sofia Vergara, who pulled out of the movie due to a scheduling conflict with ‘Modern Family’.
THR also states that Tobey Maguire dropped out of the project last week.
Kidman would replace Sofia Vergara, who dropped out of the drama on Friday.
The Paperboy is running into some delivery issues.
The drama, being directed by Precioushelmer Lee Daniels, was to have starred Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, Tobey Maguire and Sofia Vergara, with production scheduled to begin later this summer.
But Maguire dropped out of the project last week, throwing a wrench into the proceedings and causing the shoot to be pushed back. The delay then intruded on Vergara’s Modern Family shooting schedule, prompting her to drop out ofPaperboy on Friday.
But the producers are acting quickly to buttress up the cast and are now in talks with Nicole Kidman to step into Vergara’s shoes. McConaughey and Efron are still in at this point.
Paperboy centers on a reporter and his brother who investigate the events surrounding a murder in order to exonerate a man on death row. Kidman, if her deal can be made, will play a woman with a dark side who writes letters to men on death row. She brings the case to the attention of the reporter, developing a relationship with him.
Kidman, repped by CAA and Media Talent Group, recently wrapped production onHemingway and Gellhorn, HBO Films’ romancer in which she plays war correspondent Martha Gellhorn to Clive Owen’s Ernest Hemingway.