Nicolas Cage to Play Ex-Con in David Gordon Green's Drama 'Joe'
Director David Gordon Green is best known for his mainstream movies like Pineapple Express and Your Highness, but those who have been following his career for a long time know that there's a completely different side to the filmmaker than those comedies. Aside from his TV work on "Eastbound and Down," Green has done some fantastic work in the indie film scene (with Snow Angels in particular), and now he's going back to his roots with another character-driven project. THR reports that Green will direct Nicolas Cage in a "gritty Southern drama" called Joe, based on Larry Brown's novel of the same name. More below!
The script was written by Gary Hawkins, who directed a 2002 documentary about the life of original author Larry Brown, so he is unquestionably familiar with the material and uniquely equipped to bring it to the big screen. The story follows an ex-con named Joe (Cage) who becomes an unlikely mentor to a 15-year-old boy from a bad family in dirty, small town Mississippi. Worldview Entertainment, an upstart finance and production company, announced at TIFF that they'll be financing the project.
This could be one of Cage's more interesting films in a long time, because Green issued a statement saying, "It is with great excitement that I've been able to work with Nicolas Cage to design an absolute and unexpected performance piece that is woven from the darkness, beauty, humor and environment of this material." Performance piece, huh? Sounds like Cage will be front and center for this one, and even though this sounds like a role that's tailor made for someone like Matthew McConaughey, I'm down to see Cage adopt a southern drawl and step into the shoes of an ex-con. How about you?