Lee Daniels’ ‘The Paperboy’ – Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman and David Oyelowo

Watch: Sweaty, Dirty, Thrilling Official Trailer for Lee Daniels’ ‘Paperboy’

Precious director Lee Daniels caused quite a stir at the Cannes Film Festival this Spring with his sexually and racially charged new film, The Paperboy.

Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy' - Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman and David Oyelowo

Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman and David Oyelowo meet John Cusack’s character for the first time in Lee Daniels’ ‘The Paperboy’

Not unlike his previous works, The Paperboy, which stars Matthew McConaugheyZac EfronNicole KidmanJohn CusackDavid Oyelow and Macy Gray, strongly divided critics after its debut screening.

The Paperboy 2012 - Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman plays sultry deathrow groupie Charlotte Bless in ‘The Paperboy’

Now that the film will hit U.S. theaters on October 5th, several new clips and trailers have been popping up and we finally get a better glimpse at what the drama is about!

Daniels‘ had this to say about the film recently:

“I think that you’ll find it very provocative. It’s definitely an unexpected choice after Precious. The reviews have been mixed. They’re the same as Precious, but I’m not here to please you as I did with Precious. With Paperboy, there’s some big stars in it and they were surprised that I got them to do what I got Mo’Nique and Gabby [Gabourey Sidibe] to do. But I think die hard Lee Daniels fans will love the film and those who can’t stomach the truth will be appalled and call it disgusting.”

Set in the 1960s, Paperboy follows reporter Ward Jansen (Matthew McConaughey) who returns to his swampy South Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a violent death row inmate, Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack).

Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy' - Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron

Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron play brothers in ‘The Paperboy’

Jansen and his associate Yardley Acheman (David Oyelowo) are enlisted by a tarted-up sexpot Charlotte Bless (Nicole Kidman), who’s eager to get her pen pal boyfriend out of jail for a murder she swears he didn’t commit. The team is helped by Jansen‘s younger brother Jack (Zac Efron), who finds himself seduced by Bless.

Based on the bestselling novel by Pete Dexter (Mulholland Falls, Rush), The Paperboy peels back a sleepy small town’s decades-old facade of Southern gentility to reveal a quagmire of evil as dark as a Florida bayou.

Watch: ‘The Paperboy’ Official Trailer