Ahead of Joe's U.S. premiere at the South By Southwest Film Festival this weekend, Roadside Attractions has released a new clip featuring a snake-handling Nicolas Cage. This adaptation of Larry Brown's novel centers on Joe Ransom (Nicolas Cage), an ex-con trying to stay out of trouble who meets a downtrodden young kid named Gary (Tye Sheridan). Check out this new footage where Joe explains to Gary how dangerous this snake really is.
A gripping mix of friendship, violence and redemption erupts in the contemporary South in this adaptation of Larry Brown's novel, celebrated at once for its grit and its deeply moving core. Directed by David Gordon Green, Joe film brings Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage 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 instincts for trouble - until he meets a hard-luck kid, (Mud's Tye Sheridan) who awakens in him a fierce and tender-hearted protector.
With a screenplay by Gary Hawkins, Joe is based on the novel by the late Larry Brown (Big Bad Love, Facing the Moon), the former Mississippi firefighter renowned for his powerful, gothic storytelling and universal themes of honor, desperation and moral rectitude.