Nicolas Cage has locked the leading role in David Gordon Green's Joe. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the Stolen star will headline the adaptation of the 1991 Larry Brown novel, officially described as follows:
Nearing fifty, Joe Ransom won't slow down, not in his pickup, not with a gun-and certainly not with women. But all the fast living in Mississippi won't fill the hunger Joe can't name. At fifteen, Gary Jones is already slipping through the cracks. Part of a hopeless, homeless wandering family, he's desperate for a way out. He finds it in Joe. Together they follow a twisting map to redemption - or ruin.
Screenwriter Gary Hawkins, who wrote and directed the 2002 Brown documentary, The Rough Side of Larry Brown, adapted the tale for the screen.