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08/02/2013 03:53 pm ET

Nicolas Cage In 'Joe' Is 'Unlike Anything He's Ever Done,' Says Director David Gordon Green (VIDEO)

Nicolas Cage's filmography goes on and on, but his next project is something new, according to the film's director.

Cage will star in "Joe," an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Larry Brown. The film is directed by David Gordon Green, whose previous work includes "Pineapple Express" and the series "Eastbound & Down." In a conversation about his current film, "Prince Avalanche," Green talked with HuffPost Live's Ricky Camilleri about the project and Cage's versatility.

Green described "Joe" as "emotionally driven and provocative." The titular character is a self-destructive and ruthless man who manages a crew that poisons trees for lumber manufacturer. The film tells the tale of Joe's relationship with a teenager who comes to work for him.

"This movie's unlike anything [Cage] has ever done," Green said. "It's a very dark, salty Southern tale."

Green previously talked with The Huffington Post about "Joe" and the "brutal character" Cage plays.

"All of the big Nic Cage fans of the world I think are going go bananas," he said. "I mean, the intimacy of this and the eccentric qualities of this really humanizes an amazing sequence of events in this tree poisoner's life."

Not that Green was surprised. He told HuffPost Live he admires Cage's willingness to try new types of roles.

"He's been all over the place. He's taken a lot of journeys as an actor and I really respect that," he said. "It's fun. He takes chances every time."

Catch the full conversation with director David Gordon Green at HuffPost Live HERE.

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