1 August 2012 12:15 PM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

This isn't any high school musical. Zac Efron leads the charge in the trailer for Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy" and he continues to prove that he's come very far from his heartthrob days in Disney's hit film series. Efron has made a push to be taken seriously as an actor over the past few years, and it looks like "The Paperboy" might be the movie to do the job for him.

In the latest from the "Precious" director, Efron plays the directionless younger brother of a reporter (Matthew McConaughey) who assists the investigation of a man on death row (John Cusack) who potentially was wrongfully convicted. Helping them is a woman who likes to write letters to men sentenced to die (Nicole Kidman). She claims she is in love with Cusack's character but ends up romancing Efron as well. If the trailer is anything to gauge the film by, »

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