It looks like Precious director Lee Daniels has finally settled on his next project. Apparently he’s currently rewriting an adaptation of Pete Dexter’s novel The Paperboy. The book tells the story of the slacker son of a newspaper editor in Florida, who gets wrapped up in investigating a murder case. Vulture reports that Daniels already has his cast in mind and has sent out offers to Bradley Cooper, Sofia Vergara and Alex Pettyfer.
Daniels wants Cooper to play Pettyfer’s older brother, and is eyeing Vergara to play a death-row inmate’s wife. The cast isn’t locked in place, and given the presumed busy schedules of each of these in-demand actors it’s definitely not a foregone conclusion that they will sign on. Daniels has been flirting with a number of projects to follow up Precious, and it looks like he may finally have made a decision. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the book.
Moat County, Fla., is located where the St. John’s River flows north-a geographical rarity and, in literature, a signal that we’ve entered the strange and violent world of National Book Award-winner Dexter (Paris Trout). Narrator Jack James is the son of the Moat County Tribune’s editor and publisher. While Jack’s older brother, Ward, reports for the Miami Times, Jack has settled for a job delivering papers for the Tribune. But when Ward and his partner, evil dandy Yardley Acheman, come to Moat County to investigate the four-year-old murder of the local sheriff, Jack assists them in the inquiry. After a vicious beating by two sailors lands Ward in the intensive care unit, Yardley finishes the story without Ward and Jack, fabricating evidence to do so. Accompanying his traumatized brother Ward back to Miami, Jack takes a job as a copyboy at the Times. It isn’t long, however, before Yardley’s wrongdoing comes to light, generating more trouble for the Jameses [Amazon].