Lionsgate have released the first trailer and poster for Joe, a movie which looks like it will contain a Nicolas Cage performance actually worthy of praise. It also stars Mud’s Tye Sheridan. While a release date of April 11th has already been set for the US, it’s unknown when exactly it will reach the UK.

Director David Gordon Green is best known for helming the likes of Pineapple Express, The Sitter and Your Highness, but Joe promises to be more of a character driven piece, with the focus on two troubled individuals. Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

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.

Check out the trailer and poster below, and then let us know what you think of them in the comment section!