Nicolas Cage Stars in International Trailer for David Gordon Green’s ‘Joe’

Published 1 year ago by , Updated April 15th, 2014 at 11:23 am,

Nicolas Cage has been in a number of very good movies, but his fondest fans tend to like him for the bad ones instead. From Con Air to Ghost Rider, Vampire’s Kiss to The Wicker Man – there’s no one who makes a bad movie fun quite like Cage does. He’s just got a special kind of energy.

Given that his true talents lie in tripling the entertainment value of any bad movie, it’s somewhat jarring to see Cage (who, left we forget, has an Oscar) playing it straight in what looks like a genuinely decent film. Such is the case with the first trailer for Joe, the new drama from director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express).

Set in a small town in Texas, Joe was scripted by Gary Hawkins and based on the novel of the same name by Larry Brown. Cage plays Joe Ransom, an ex-con who is trying to keep his head down as the manager of a crew of laborers in a logging company. He is approached by a newcomer to the town, Gary (Tye Sheridan), who asks him for a job. Before long, Joe finds himself drawn into Gary’s life, and struggles to resist intervening.

Nicolas Cage in David Gordon Greens Joe Nicolas Cage Stars in International Trailer for David Gordon Greens Joe

Based on the trailer, it looks like Joe handles some pretty dark subject matter, with Gary’s abuse by his father at the forefront of it. Green is best known for comedies like Pineapple Express and Your Highness, but originally made a name for himself directing stark dramas, in particular his profoundly moving directorial debut, George Washington.

Joe has been positively received by critics during its film festival run and collected two awards at the Venice Film Festival last year. Some reviewers have compared the coming-of-age story arc to Jeff Nichols’ drama Mud. Based on the content, it looks like Joe probably isn’t going to be light-hearted viewing, but it does look like a drama with a fair bit of soul – not to mention a very beefy Cage.


Joe is set for release on April 11, 2014.

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  1. This movie will be amazing.

    • Since when was CON AIR one of Cage’s bad ones? Get it together you dildo.

      • Con Air, Ghost Rider (the first one), Knowing (one of my all time faves), Drive Angry, the Bad Lieutenant remake, The Rock.

        None of those are bad movies at all.

  2. Welcome back nic cage

    • I support this comment time to start making money Cage. Mccaunghy or however you spell it is doing it you should too.

  3. Spoilery trailer.

    • I think, as true cage fans, we should all chip in, and buy him a third facial exspression.
      This is not a real movie, its just the same shape as one.

      • speak for yourself, it’s is style they all have a kind a trademark look at denzel washington if you compare is movie he make the same kind of facial expression in pretty all in his movie and still he one of the greatest actor out there

  4. left we forget?

  5. Lets not forget… Cage did Face Off, Lord of War, The Rock and the National Treasure films… Legit Films. He has some quality movies in his dossier.

  6. Is it just me, or did that music sound a lot like the man of steel soundtrack?