Nicole Kidman has stepped out in a stunning orange ensemble at Cannes Film Festival to promote her latest film The Paperboy.

Joined by her co-stars Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey and John Cusack for a photocall under the French sunshine, Aussie star Kidman looked far more demure than her character in the film, where she is transformed into a highly-sexed convict's fiancee.

In The Paperboy Kidman swaps her fair skin and red hair for a golden tan, heavy make-up and a platinum wig.

Efron, who embarks on a steamy liaison with Kidman in the highly-charged thriller recently told The Huffington Post UK: "The love scenes with Kidman were the highlight of my life, every scene felt like I was in Moulin Rouge."

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  • Nicole Kidman in Cannes

    (From L) US actor Matthew McConaughey, Australian actress Nicole Kidman and US actor Zac Efron pose during the photocall of 'The Paperboy' presented in competition at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 24, 2012 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE

  • Nicole Kidman in Cannes

    Australian actress Nicole Kidman arrives for the photocall of 'The Paperboy' presented in competition at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 24, 2012 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE

  • Nicole Kidman in Cannes

    Australian actress Nicole Kidman poses during the photocall of 'The Paperboy' presented in competition at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 24, 2012 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE

  • Nicole Kidman in Cannes

    US actor John Cusack and Australian actress Nicole Kidman pose during the photocall of 'The Paperboy' presented in competition at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 24, 2012 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE

  • Nicole Kidman in Cannes

    Australian actress Nicole Kidman and US actor John Cusack pose during the photocall of 'The Paperboy' presented in competition at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 24, 2012 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI

  • Nicole Kidman in Cannes

    Australian actress Nicole Kidman poses during the photocall of 'The Paperboy' presented in competition at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 24, 2012 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI

  • Nicole Kidman in Cannes

    Australian actress Nicole Kidman poses during the photocall of 'The Paperboy' presented in competition at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 24, 2012 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI

  • Nicole Kidman in Cannes

    US actor John Cusack and Australian actress Nicole Kidman pose during the photocall of 'The Paperboy' presented in competition at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 24, 2012 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE

  • Nicole Kidman in Cannes

    (from left) US actress Macy Gray, Australian actress Nicole Kidman, US actor Matthew McConaughey, US director Lee Daniels, US actor John Cusack and US actor Zac Efron pose during the photocall of 'The Paperboy' presented in competition at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 24, 2012 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI

  • Nicole Kidman in Cannes

    Australian actress Nicole Kidman poses during the photocall of 'The Paperboy' presented in competition at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 24, 2012 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE