John Cusack taking over for Tobey Maguire in THE PAPERBOY

While you may not see much of John Cusack at your local megaplex, he’s still very much one of cinema’s more intriguing actors. Be it films like THE ICE HARVEST or the shockingly solid thriller 1408, Cusack will see quite an upswing in projects, with films like THE RAVEN and DICTABLANDA, a film that he’s also written. And you can add yet another project to that slate.

Variety is reporting that Cusack has joined the cast of Lee Daniels’ upcoming film, THE PAPERBOY, and will be replacing Tobey Maguire. He joins Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron (as well as Nicole Kidman who is still in talks) in the film, which will follow Ward James and his dropout brother who look into the wrongful conviction of a prison inmate, to be played by Cusack.

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Personally, while I’m not quite a huge fan of Daniels as a filmmaker (actually find PRECIOUS and SHADOWBOXER to be both deplorable films), I do love this cast, and this premise is interesting. Cusack is a fantastic actor, and it would be interesting to see what McConaughey could do following a well-received turn in THE LINCOLN LAWYER.

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About Joshua Brunsting

Born in the tiny Michigan city known as Holland, and raised in the even smaller city known as Saugatuck, I have been a film geek for the majority of my life, and have known film was my passion ever since the final frame of THE LION KING. I’m a romantic with a thing for 60’s pop music (preferably French), John Keats poems, and an even bigger thing for film noir. Currently a Journalism Major at Grand Valley State University, I am using my love of film, and my deathly, ninja-like, skill behind the keyboard to slowly take over the world. When I’m not writing about or watching film, I’m listening to music, particularly from the likes of TV on the Radio, Best Coast, and Semi Precious Weapons. I play the ukulele, and I also have a deep and intense love for Gustavo Santaolalla and Ennio Morricone, but then again, who doesn’t. I was drum major for my high school marching band for two years, I’m one of the four people who actually watched Dollhouse, and my favorite film of all time is Godard’s BREATHLESS. I’m a wannabe screenwriter, a wild thing, a nerd, a geek, and most importantly, I’m a lover of film. Oh, and I want to be Captain Planet when I grow up.

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