Dailies | Nicolas Cage Fights for ‘Mud's’ Tye Sheridan in First Look at Southern Drama ‘Joe’ (Video)

Cage plays a bearded ex-con who sticks up for a homeless teenager abused by his father

Nicolas Cage appears to be back in top dramatic form in an international trailer for “Joe,” director David Gordon Green's upcoming southern drama.

The film, based on author Larry Browne's novel of the same name and written by Gary Hawkins, focuses on the relationship between an ex-con named Joe (Cage) and a 15-year-old homeless boy, played by breakout “Mud” star Tye Sheridan.

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When Joe discovers the boy's abuse at the hands of his drunk father, he is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin in the rugged, dirty world of small town Mississippi.

The film premiered at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, but doesn't have a U.S. release date just yet.