Jeff Nichols’ Mud was a fantastic film about the cycle of first love and masculine desire for protection, but what stood out for me the most was the incredible performance by newcomer Ty Sheridan. The small boy who we saw as the youngest of Jessica Chastain and Brad Pitt’s sons in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life appears in Mud a much more grown up version of the little guy we’d previously seen, not only holding his own amongst McConaughey and the rest of the adult cast but delivering one of the best and most endearing performances I’ve seen this year thus far.
And now, The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Sheridan is in talks to star in Kyle Wilamowski’s coming-of-age drama Grass Stains. No stranger to highly emotional films about the treacherous nature of love, Sheridan will take on the role of "a teen discovering his first love. When a prank goes awry and causes the death of his girlfriend’s older brother, the boy must balance his secret guilt with his feelings for the girl." Wilamowski’s film is set to shoot in North Carolina later this month but in the meantime, we’ll see Sheridan in David Gordon Green’s Nicolas Cage-led Prince Avalanche-follow-up Joe. I have a feeling this kid is going to go on to do some great things.