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Gritty, Bloody New Images From David Gordon Green's 'Joe' Starring Nicolas Cage & Tye Sheridan

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 16, 2013 11:24 AM
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As always, David Gordon Green is zigging instead of zagging, side-stepping any expectations of the career choices he "should" be making and following his passion wherever it takes him. With "Prince Avalanche" now in theaters, and the upcoming "Manglehorn" starring Al Pacino gearing up to shoot this fall, Green will take a pit stop between those two efforts in Venice and Toronto to present his latest, "Joe," and it seems both director and star Nicolas Cage are very excited about how this one turned out.

“It’s Nicolas Cage in a movie that’s not like anything Nicolas Cage has done before. It’s dark as fuck. It’s a slow-burn, dark, heavy movie. Very grim,” Green told us in January. Co-starring "Mud" and "Tree Of Life" star Tye Sheridan, the film is based on the novel by Larry Brown, and tells the story of the unlikely bond between an ex-con (Cage) who becomes a role model to a 15 year-old (Sheridan) from a broken home, and their journey on the path to redemption and the quest for a better life in southern town.

"I think David had a vision of me for this movie, and he’s a young, enthusiastic artist who knew what to do with me and I think he found a new way of reinventing me," Cage told us in Berlin, so we're definitely making this a priority on our fall festival slate. 

Below you'll find the official synopsis along with a batch of new pictures from the movie.

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. 

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  • Joe | August 27, 2013 4:26 PMReply

    Cage haters prepare to get on your knees and gargle.

  • jamie | August 18, 2013 2:20 AMReply

    Mud was not horrible not at all

  • Pike | August 17, 2013 11:55 AMReply

    This kid, Sheridan, is wonderful. And a subdued Cage can be pretty amazing. It sounds like Mud, but Mud was horrible. I pray this will be properly dark.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | August 16, 2013 7:30 PMReply

    I expect the beard to do at least half of the heavy lifting.

  • Duddi | August 16, 2013 5:50 PMReply

    I have great expectations for this one !!! Hope they (D.G.G. and Nic Cage) won't let us down !!!

  • hank | August 16, 2013 3:48 PMReply

    insane how much Nicolas Cage looks like Larry Brown in these pictures.

  • Pig Bodine | August 16, 2013 11:52 AMReply

    It does look similar, but I hope it can transcend comparisons. Larry Brown's book was published 22 years ago and is my favorite novel.

    I was very unhappy when this was announced with Cage involved (my dream adaptation would star Titus Welliver), but the pics give me a little hope.

  • Stephen B | August 16, 2013 1:02 PM

    Jeff Nichols' screenwriting in both Mud and Shotgun Stories are heavily indebted to Larry Brown (which he fully admits; Google "jeff nichols larry brown" some time to see how often he namechecks Brown in interviews). Shotgun Stories was actually inspired by a scene in Joe. So it's not a surprise that there are so many similarities, but I think this will be its own beast.

  • Mike | August 16, 2013 11:47 AMReply

    Not a knock, but reminds me of Mud a bit, also featuring Sheridan

  • JD | August 16, 2013 11:45 AMReply

    This sounds a lot like Mud with the only difference being that Nic Cage plays an ex con whereas Matt McConaughey was a con. Even the role played by the kid is the same right down to the troubled family.

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