Nicole Kidman Sexiest Since 'Eyes Wide Shut' in 'Paperboy' (photos!) 1Nicole Kidman is generating the sexual heat for her upcoming movie “The Paperboy.” Not since her turn in 1999’s erotic thriller, “Eyes Wide Shut,” has Kidman taken on such a sexual role. Can she pull it off at 44?

The film also stars Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron, who play Miami journalist, Ward James, and younger brother, Jack James, respectively.

Efron’s character becomes entwined in his brother’s investigation into the events surrounding a murder. The crusading journalist is determined to exonerate a man on death row, Hillary Van Wetter, played by John Cusack.

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Kidman’s character, Charlotte Bless, writes letters to death row inmates and has been exchanging correspondence with Van Wetter, which brings her into a collision course with the James brothers.

In the Lee Daniels-directed movie, described as an “explosive sexual thriller,” Bless, seduces young Jack, a scene that Efron said left him with stars in his eyes.

“It was the highlight of my life. Nicole was something else and was always in character. She didn’t get weird method, like some actors do, but I have never seen anyone so centred,” said Efron.

“Nicole is so gorgeous. It was everything you dreamed of. She was such a lovely person. I pinched myself everyday, especially after doing love scenes with Nicole Kidman.”

Kidman is tarted up for the film to play a small town floozy with pumped up bleach-blonde hair and too-short dresses.

The movie, based on the novel by Peter Dexter, who wrote the screenplay for film noir, “Mulholland Falls,” will contend for the Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

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