He already looks just like him.
Nicolas Cage’s next film will see him take on his toughest role to-date: Nicolas Cage.
Yes, you read that right: the often-eccentric actor is set to play himself in the upcoming drama, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.
While Cage routinely puts out around five or six films a year, he technically hasn’t had a major theatrical release for over 5 years. However, if the plot description for The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is anything to go by, this film will certainly be an interesting experience.
Cage stars as actor Nicolas Cage, a character who is desperate for a role in the latest Quentin Tarantino film, while also working to repair his strained relationship with his teenage daughter. The Hollywood Reporter also notes that he occasionally talks to an egotistical version of his ‘90s self, who is constantly riding him for making too many bad movies and no longer being a star.
The character is under a mountain of debt and finds himself forced to make an appearance at a Mexican billionaire’s birthday party, who is a huge fan of the actor’s work and secretly hopes to show him a script that his is working on.
While he begins to befriend the man, Cage is informed by the CIA that this billionaire is actually the kingpin of a drug cartel who has kidnapped the daughter of a Mexican presidential nominee, and so Cage is recruited by the US government in order to gather intelligence. The situation spirals further out of control when the billionaire brings over Cage’s daughter and his ex-wife for a reconciliation, and while their lives are on the line, the actor takes on the role of a lifetime.
Yeah. All of that is happening in one film.
Obviously, this story is about as meta as it gets, and includes nods to many of Cage’s previous projects, like Leaving Las Vegas, Face-Off, and Gone in 60 Seconds, while the script that Cage and the billionaire are writing slowly begins to mirror the events of the storyline.
The project will be directed by Tom Gormican, from a script by Gormican and Kevin Etten. According to sources, the script for the film was shown Nicolas Cage alongside a letter from Gormican, in which he pleaded his case to the actor, explaining that the film was a love letter to the actor, and not something that was making fun of him. Evidently, Cage was convinced and became attached to the film shortly after.
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