It’s the role he was born to play.
Nicolas Cage is in talks to star as actor Nicolas Cage in the mega meta movie “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent”.
While he’s just in the negotiations stage to take on the iconic role, Cage would be playing Nicolas Cage, an actor desperate to land a role in the new Quentin Tarantino movie while simultaneously navigating a strained relationship with his teenage daughter. Faced with a mountain of debt, the Cage character is forced to take a paid appearance gig at the birthday party of a Mexican billionaire who just happens to be a huge fan of the actor and has a script he’s dying to show him.
While Cage is bonding with his new billionaire buddy, the CIA informs him that the man is actually a drug cartel kingpin who has kidnapped the daughter of a rival. The government agency knows they need someone with Cage’s talent to pull off an intelligence mission, so they want to get Cage on board to funnel info to the CIA. At some point, Cage’s daughter and ex-wife arrive in Mexico in the hopes of reconciliation while the actor takes on the role of his life.
Lionsgate is in negotiations to pick up the script written by Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten, with Gormican tapped to direct. The story reportedly has nods to Cage’s works, including his Oscar-winning turn in “Leaving Las Vegas”, as well as “Face/Off” and “Gone In 60 Seconds”. The meta storyline has roots in movies like “Adaptation”, in which Cage starred opposite himself as a pair of brothers, Jean-Claude Van Damme’s “JCVD” and “Being John Malkovich”.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cage was given a script by Gormican along with a letter telling him the movie was a love letter and not a mockery of him or his career. Apparently, the letter did the trick and Cage has recently expressed his desire to do the project.
The story does have a bit of truth to it. Recently, just like his on-screen counterpart, Cage expressed his desire to work with Tarantino, agreeing with a Forbes interviewer that he too was surprised he’s never worked with the director.
“It is what it is but I can always admire his movies from afar, and I do,” he said, calling himself a fan of Tarantino’s work. “He’s an extraordinarily gifted filmmaker with an almost acrobatic ability with the camera and a tremendous sense of storytelling unlike anyone else. That said, I have no complaints. I get to enjoy his movies, and also I’m very happy with what’s happening right now.”