The Playlist has reported that “Lawless” will be a contender this year at Cannes festival.
Well, one title that seems to be gaining steam, and Friedman continues the buzz, is Lee Daniels’ “The Paperboy.” The adaptation of Pete Dexter’s crime novel reportedly boasts a “stunning” performance from Nicole Kidman and it also has the stars the red carpet likes in form of Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack, Zac Efron and more. And speaking of Wooderson, Jeff Nichols’ “Mud” is also being bandied about as a possibility, and it see the director graduate from the Critic’s Week sidebar where he showed “Take Shelter” last year, to official Cannes slot. Meanwhile, The Weinstein Company still have two in the mix with “Killing Them Softly” (aka “Cogan’s Trade”) and “Lawless” (aka “Wettest County” — though this one has been tipped for Venice). Though our money is them taking their recent acqusition “Populaire” to the fest instead and trying to duplicate the same buzz they got for “The Artist.”
And in a quickly note, Jessica has confirmed that she’s not in the final cut for “Untitled Terrence Malick Project”. She did just a scene with Ben Affleck, but they decided to not use it, so… let’s hope a “deleted scenes” feature can happen in the DVD.