Tye Sheridan to Star in Indie 'Detour' (Exclusive)

Tye Sheridan 2 - H 2015
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Tye Sheridan 2 - H 2015

Christopher Smith will direct the film about a grieving law student who is thinking about killing his step-father.

As he readies to head to Sundance with three projects, Tye Sheridan has booked another interesting indie role.

The actor will star in psychological thriller Detour, written and to be directed by Christopher Smith (Get Santa).

The new film will center on Harper (Sheridan), a young law student who, while grieving for his dying mother, struggles to decide whether he should kill his unfaithful step-father.

Jason Newmark and Julie Baines are producing the film, which will shoot in South Africa.

Sheridan, 18, has become one of the hottest young actors in Hollywood in recent years as he's continued to build an impressive résumé of memorable roles since his feature film debut in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life. He starred opposite Matthew McConaughey in the critically acclaimed 2012 film Mud, opposite Nicolas Cage in David Gordon Green's 2013 thriller Joe and opposite John Travolta in The Forger.

And Sheridan will have a very busy Sundance, as he's starring in three buzzy films at the fest: The Stanford Prison Experiment, about the famed prison psychology experiment; Last Days in the Desertstarring Ewan McGregor as Jesus; and Entertainment, starring Michael Cera and John C. Reilly.

Sheridan has also wrapped work on Paramount’s adaptation Scouts vs. Zombies and the adaptation of Gillian Flynn's Dark Places. He's also attached to Yellow Birds, a war drama with Benedict Cumberbatch and Will Poulter. He's repped by WME, Mosaic and Stone Meyer.

Smith's previous directing credits include horror films Triangle (2009) and Black Death (2010). The British director is repped by WME and United Agents in the U.K.