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Nicole Kidman May Replace Sofia Vergara In 'The Paperboy'

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Jun 28, 2011 | 8:46am EDT

Nicole KidmanAfter losing the budding star Sofia Vergara, Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy is looking to enlist an actress with a more established film career: Nicole Kidman.

After being mercilessly outstanding in last year’s Rabbit Hole (I’d have been furious that she didn’t take Best Actress if I wasn’t in love with the winner), Kidman is adopting the role of a somewhat twisted heroine who writes letters to men on death row. Vergara’s talents on Modern Family are always amusing, but I’d trust a role this dark and substancial in the hands of the capably haunting Kidman.

Vergara seems to have started a trend, however. Tobey Maguire, formerly signed on as the lead role, also dropped out of the project. Maguire was to play a reporter investigating a death row case in order to prove one man's innocence. The role remains unfilled for now.

The Paperboy’s additional cast members include Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron.

Source: Vulture

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