Indie psychological thriller “Last Days in the Desert” will be toplined by Ewan McGregor and Tye Sheridan, it was announced today by Mockingbird Pictures and Division Films. Ciarán Hinds and Ayelet Zurer will play Sheridan’s character’s parents.
Rodrigo Garcia will direct the film, about a holy man and a demon – both played by Mcgregor – journeying through the desert: “An encounter with a family struggling to survive in this harsh environment forces the holy man to confront his own fate.” The film will be introduced to buyers in Berlin.
Sheridan made his acting debut in Terrence Malick’s 2011 Oscar-nominated “The Tree of Life” as one of the sons of Jessica Chastain and Brad Pitt, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and followed it up with Jeff Nichols’ “Mud” opposite Matthew McConaughey, which also premiered at Cannes. His third follows in the same vein of “Mud” as he plays an impressionable teenager coming across the antagonistic titular character “Joe,” as played by Nicholas Cage. That film goes to Venice and Toronto next month. He’s wrapped indie “Grass Stains” with fellow up and comer Kaitlyn Dever and Gillian Flynn adaptation “Dark Places” opposite Charlize Theron and Chloe Moretz.