Watch David Oyelowo in Lee Daniels’ ‘The Paperboy,’ director explains why he was cast

David Oyelowo in 'The Paperboy'

We finally get to see talented British actor David Oyelowo in newly released footage from Lee Daniels‘ controversial new film, The Paperboy, an adaptation of Pete Dexter‘s novel.

The film is based on true events and follows two reporters enlisted to investigate the possible wrongful conviction of an alleged murderer in a small town in Florida during the 1960s.

Oyelowo plays Yardley Acheman, one of the investigative reporters who becomes sexually involved with the woman who led him to the case.

During a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival, the director explained why he cast black actors in roles intended for white actors.

“It was partly because the issue of race relations had been festering in me,” said Daniels. “And it was partly because there aren’t enough roles for black actors in the world.”

The cast includes Oyelowo, Macy Gray, Matthew McConaughey, Zac Effron, John Cusack and Nicole Kidman.

Watch a clip from “The Paperboy” below:


The Paperboy

Oyelowo’s film credits include Planet of the Apes, The Help and most recently, George LucasRed Tails. He can be seen next in the BET premiere of Ava DuVernay‘s Middle of Nowhere.

(Photo credit: Millennium Films)

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