While it may not be an adaptation of the wonderful arcade game from the '80s, director Lee Daniels is having to bicycle through a lot of obstacles in order to make "The Paperboy."
Based on the 1995 novel by Pete Dexter, the new project from the "Precious" director hit a major snag last week when star Tobey Maguire dropped out (were his Spidey senses tingling?), which shifted the schedule back. The delay caused "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara to also abandon ship due to her TV commitments, thus leaving the film in serious jeopardy.
Perhaps it's a blessing in disguise, however, since now Academy Award winner/tall lady Nicole Kidman might be stepping in to make sure this "Paperboy" makes his deliveries. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the "Moulin Rouge!" star is negotiating to take over for Vergara, playing "a woman with a dark side who writes letters to men on death row." The character eventually becomes a prisoner herself… a prisoner of love, when she falls for a reporter who's trying to exonerate one of her pen pals.
Sounds like a juicy part for the aging actress, whose time as a box office superstar has faded in recent years but made way for some bold, inspired choices including another Oscar nod for her part in "Rabbit Hole." Still attached to "Paperboy" are two other marquee names who have made more interesting choices of late, Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron.
As for Daniels, we hope the lauded director can pick up the pieces and get film rolling on a project, as he has had several projects collapse over the last year, including "The Butler" and the ambitious civil rights epic "Selma."