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'The Paperboy': Matthew McConaughey, Sofia Vergara, Zac Efron, Tobey Maguire In Sexual Thriller

First Posted: 05/14/11 12:01 PM ET Updated: 07/14/11 06:12 AM ET

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If you're going to bill a film as a big budget sexual thriller, you've got some lofty expectations to meet -- especially when it comes to casting. In daring to clump itself in that category, the newly announced flick "The Paperboy" is at least making that crucial first star-studded step.

In hot news out of Cannes, The Hollywood Reporter relays that the film, based on the 1995 Pete Dexter novel of the same name, will star Matthew McConaughey, Sofia Vergara, Zac Efron and Tobey Maguire. Here's the synopsis, courtesy Publisher's Weekly:

Narrator Jack James is the son of the Moat County Tribune's editor and publisher. While Jack's older brother, Ward, reports for the Miami Times, Jack has settled for a job delivering papers for the Tribune. But when Ward and his partner, evil dandy Yardley Acheman, come to Moat County to investigate the four-year-old murder of the local sheriff, Jack assists them in the inquiry.

Lee Daniels will direct the film, which will serve as the second straight dramatic escapade for McConaughey after a decade spent in romantic comedies. His role in "The Lincoln Lawyer" earlier this year was lauded and compared to his breakout in "A Time To Kill," setting him up for a new focus on artistic choices.

For Efron, it's another step in the adult drama direction; the "High School Musical" superstar has been making strides to cement his status as a leading man, with last year's tepidly received romantic drama "Charlie St. Cloud," and his upcoming war drama, "The Lucky One," in which he plays a Marine home from battle.

Maguire, of course, is no stranger to book adaptations; he'll soon be playing narrator and protagonist Nick Carraway in the star-studded Baz Luhrmann-directed "The Great Gatsby." Vergara recently signed on to a big screen remake herself, playing a temptress in the Farrelly Brothers' "The Three Stooges."

For more, click over to The Hollywood Reporter.

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