It’s the case of the ultimate type-casting. Nicholas Cage is set to star in a new movie as none other than Nicholas Cage. That’s right, the actor will be playing himself in an upcoming metadrama.
Cage, who has seen several years of putting out low budget films, will be pairing up with Lionsgate once again for the project. The last time the studio and the actor worked together, it was on 2011’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Lionsgate claimed the rights to The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, beating out competitors like HBO Max and Paramount to be able to make the film. The script is being written by Tm Gormican and Kevin Etten. Gormican will also take on directing responsibilities.
The film will center on Cage as he tries to get a role in a new Quentin Tarantino movie. At the same time, he’ll be trying to deal with a strained relationship with his teenage daughter. And, on top of that, he’ll have occasional talks with a 1990s version of himself. That egotistical, younger version is on the attack over Cage starring in so many bad films, and for falling out of grace with the movie industry. The story leads up to Cage making an appearance at the birthday part of a Mexican billionaire in order to get some money to pay for his mountain of debt. That brings in the CIA who inform Cage that the billionaire is actually a drug cartel kingpin and that he has kidnapped the daughter of a Mexican presidential nominee. Cage is recruited to gather intelligence for the CIA. In other words, the film will be almost biographical—in some ways.
Cage was enticed into the role after Gormican wrote him a letter explaining that the movie wasn’t a jab at the actor but rather more of an ode to his career. And it’s not just Cage who is interested. Some insider sources claim that this role could earn Cage the kind of money he was making when starring such hits as Con Air and National Treasure. Not bad playing a role you were literally born to play.