Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan in "Joe"
Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan in "Joe"

Check out this new first image from David Gordon Green's Southern drama "Joe," starring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan ("Mud"). It is based on the Larry Brown novel of the same title, following an ex-convict (Cage) who tries to be the protector of a 15-year-old newcomer (Sheridan) in his small Texas town.

Principal photography of the film recently wrapped, and it is being shopped at the Berlinale film market.

Green, who has favored big studio comedies over the past few years ("Pineapple Express," "Your Highness"), returned to his indie roots at this year's Sundance Film Festival, premiering two-hander "Prince Avalanche," starring Paul Rudd and Emil Hirsch, to positive reviews.

Here's the "Joe" synopsis:

In the dirty unruly world of small-town Texas, ex-convict Joe Ransom (Cage) has tried to put his dark past behind him and to live a simple life. He works for a lumber company by day, drinks by night. But when 15-year-old Gary (Sheridan) - a kid trying to support his family - comes to town, desperate for work, Joe has found a way to atone for his sins - to finally be someone’s hero. As Joe tries to protect Gary, the pair will take the twisting road to redemption in the hope for a better life in this tough, hard-hitting but incredibly moving story.

Joe full image