‘Mud’ Star Tye Sheridan Lands a New Gig Opposite John Travolta


Tye Sheridan is still ridiculously young, but already he’s had an acting career that most people trying to get into the business would kill their sweet little grandmothers for. First he started things off by working with one of the most respected directors of all time, Terrence Malick, when he played the son in The Tree of Life. Then, earlier this year, he got to work with another up and coming auteur, Jeff Nichols, as well as show off what he has to offer as a leading man in the delightful Mud—a movie that likely gave him the chance to hang out and play bongos with Matthew McConaughey, to boot. The kid is living a charmed life.

All of the good things coming his way are clearly not just the result of luck though. Sheridan has shown skills beyond his years in both of his big roles so far, so it makes sense that casting agents would just keep sticking him in new movies. Quite a few projects call for young son characters, after all, so he should be good for at least a couple years. Case in point: a press release put out today (via ComingSoon) has announced to the world that Sheridan has found his next bit of work, which will come in the form of playing John Travolta’s son in a new movie called The Forger.

From writer Richard D’Ovidio (The Call) and director Philip Martin, The Forger will see Travolta playing a character named Ray Cutter, who’s a former art prodigy and current inmate who decides that he needs to find a way to get out of jail early once he gets word that his son (Sheridan) is ailing. His chance comes in the form of a “one last job” type situation, wherein he’s tasked with committing some sort of thievery for a crime syndicate in exchange for their funding of his release.

So what it sounds like we’ve got here is some sort of heist film mixed with a father/son drama. And though the conceit of the film comes off as being a little bit cheesy at first glance, chances are that whole illness angle will give Sheridan an opportunity to dig down even deeper than he has before to show off more of those dramatic chops he’s clearly got in his repertoire. So long as Travolta doesn’t have a silly hairdo in this one, that is. It’s hard to imagine being able to keep a straight face opposite some of the looks that he’s been sporting in movies lately. God help Sheridan, if that’s the case.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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