Director David Gordon Green needed a young male actor to star opposite Nicolas Cage in the upcoming drama Joe and it would seem that he has found one. Tye Sheridan, who made his acting debut in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, has signed on to the drama, which is being produced by Worldview Entertainment.
Variety says that the story follows a man (Cage) who somehow manages to become the role model or a 15 year old boy (Sheridan) who is “the oldest child of a homeless family ruled by a worthless father.” The man then decides to help the kid and together they work to find “a path to redemption.” The movie is based on the book by Larry Brown, which was adapted by Gary Hawkins. The project was first announced at the Toronto International Film Festival last month and production is scheduled to begin starting October 31st in Austin.
Sheridan has already completed his second film, meaning Joe will be his third. The young actor also appeared in Jeff Nichols’ Mud, which follows two young boys as they help an escaped fugitive reunite with his soulmate. The film, which starred Matthew McConaughey, Michael Shannon, Sarah Paulson, Reese Witherspoon and Sam Shepard, made its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. While Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have both signed on to distribute the film in the United States, Mud doesn’t currently have a release date – though it’s expected to be in theaters some time in 2013.
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