Instead of following a conventional career path, director David Gordon Green has decided to take an unconventional route as of late. After making mainstream comedies such as Pineapple Express, Your Highness, and The Sitter, the director has recently ventured back to his indie roots with this summer’s Prince Avalanche starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. This fall, he’s already returning to the festival circuit with his next feature Joe starring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan (The Tree of Life and Mud). The film, based on Larry Brown’s 1991 novel, tells the story of an ex-con (Cage) who becomes a role model to a down-on-his-luck teenager (Sheridan). Check out a few images from the film below (courtesy of The Playlist).
A gripping mix of friendship, violence and redemption erupts in the contemporary backwoods South in this adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel, celebrated at once for its grit and its deeply moving core. Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage comes back to his indie roots in the title role as the hard-living, hot-tempered ex-con Joe Ransom, who is just trying to dodge his own instinct for trouble until he meets a hard-luck kid (Tye Sheridan) who awakens in him a fierce and tender-hearted protector.
“It’s Nicolas Cage in a movie that’s not like anything Nicolas Cage has done before,” David Gordon Green said in an interview with The Playlist earlier this year. “It’s dark as fuck. It’s a slow burn, dark, heavy movie.”
Despite the fact that Nicolas Cage has been in quite a few awful films in the last few years, he’s the kind of actor who’s great when he wants to be great. I’m excited to see his performance in this film. He needs a comeback role and I have a feeling this may be it.
Joe will be playing at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival this fall.