After Sofia Vergara dropped out of The Paperboy, Tobey Maguire didn’t wait long to follow suit. One can assume that director Lee Daniels (Precious) wasn’t lush with optimism around this time. But then, some pretty good things started to happen. First, Nicole Kidman signed on to replace Vergara. And now, taking the role of the death row inmate formerly occupied by Maguire, will be none other than John Cusack.
John Cusack is more than just a man. John Cusack is an embodiment of love and hate. After Chuck Klosterman so ingeniously revealed the significance of Cusack over the modern American human psyche in Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, it became clear that the Say Anything actor was a force beyond mortal.
And now he’ll be playing a man facing a deafeningly imminent mortality. Could this be any more apropos? Perhaps slightly more apropos was his role in Hot Tub Time Machine, in which he played the sort of shell-of-a-man whose life was tarnished by the culmination of the John Cusack era, to which he gets to return. But this role in the upcoming The Paperboy is almost as apropos.
Leading the film as the heroes bent on saving Cusack, whom they speculate to be innocent thanks to some action by Kidman’s character, will be Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron who, despite their twenty-one year age difference, will be playing brothers. You are not exempt from the passage of time, McCounaughey. Accept it.
Cusack will also play Edgar Allen Poe in the upcoming The Raven, which, unlike most movies advertized as thrillers, will actually be thrilling.