*A domino situation has led to two actors dropping out of director Lee Daniels’ upcoming project “Paperboy,” and Nicole Kidman is reportedly in talks to become one of the replacements.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the drama was to have starred Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, Tobey Maguire and Sofia Vergara, with production scheduled to begin later this summer.
But Maguire dropped out of the project last week, throwing a wrench into the proceedings and causing the shoot to be pushed back. That delay then ran into Vergara’s “Modern Family” shooting schedule, prompting her to drop out of “Paperboy” on Friday.
But the producers are acting quickly to fill the holes and are now in talks with Nicole Kidman to step into Vergara’s shoes. McConaughey and Efron are still in at this point.
“Paperboy” follows a reporter and his brother who investigate the events surrounding a murder in order to exonerate a man on death row. Kidman, if her deal can be made, will play a woman with a dark side who writes letters to men on death row. She brings the case to the attention of the reporter, developing a relationship with him.