Tye Sheridan segued into blockbuster fair with this year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, and he’ll soon be seen headlining the adaptation of Ready Player One for director Steven Spielberg. But he’s still keeping up appearances as the indie darling that he is. He can now be seen in the trailer for Detour, which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year.
Christopher Smith, whose feature film directorial debut was 2004’s Creep, wrote and directed Detour. In it, Sheridan plays a law student, Harper, consumed with suspicion over his stepfather (Stephen Moyer from HBO’s True Blood), whom he believes to have been involved with his mother’s nearly fatal car crash. The trailer has a touch of Nicolas Winding Refn as he meets a grifter named Johnny (Emory Cohen) and a stripped named Cherry (Bel Powley), while his personality seems to split into two sparring personalities: one where he stays at home and is consumed by the what ifs, and another where he goes on the road and embraces his more nefarious desires.
Watch the trailer below:
It’s unclear if Sheridan will return for whatever the days of future past hold for the X-Men franchise, but he’s generated consistent work for himself in the indie realm, with Mud being the one to really showcase his range of talents. Now he’s got some blockbuster money in the bank to keep him going while he pursues smaller projects like this.
Detour will simultaneously bow in theaters, on demand, on Amazon Video, and iTunes this January 20th. Here’s the official synopsis:
Harper (Tye Sheridan), a seemingly naive law student, obsesses over the idea that his shifty stepfather was involved in the devastating car crash that left his mother hospitalized and comatose. He drowns his suspicions in whiskey until he finds himself suddenly engrossed in conversation with volatile grifter Johnny (Emory Cohen) and his stripper companion, Cherry (Bel Powley). As daylight breaks and the haziness of promises made becomes clearer, how will Harper handle the repercussions (not to mention the violent duo—on his doorstep)? Employing a split-narrative structure to tell this tale of deception and murder, Christopher Smith takes his audience on a thrill ride full of hairpin turns, where it’s never quite clear what or who can be trusted.