Nicolas Cage is known for his eccentricity and for his offbeat films, "Mandy," "Con Air" "Adaptation," Leaving Las Vegas," "Matchstick Men" "Gone in 60 Seconds," "Face-Off" etc. that he's currently in talks with Lionsgate to play the most iconic character yet—himself in a meta-drama with an outlandish script! But the question is...can he pull it off?
And the film's working title...you won't believe this...wait for it...it's called The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent! It's not an easy film title to absorb! And the plot is just as 'unbearably' hilarious as Cage's character!
Nicolas Cage Being 'Trapped' In His Own Cage
Hollywood scriptwriter Tom Gormican is a die-hard Cage fan (That Awkward Moment) is attached to direct the film along with Kevin Etten (Ghosted). It was a sample script that originally wasn't meant to be seen by film buyers.
The plot is a bit of a true story about Cage himself. It follows the fictional Nick Cage the film star who isn't famous anymore. He is faced with a mountain of debt and is having family issues with his ex-wife and daughter. He's desperate to reconcile with his family and get out of debt. Sound familiar? Except in real-life, Nick has two sons not a daughter.
He's desperate to obtain a role in a Quentin Tarrantino film!(Talk about, "Once Upon A Time in Hollywood: The Sequel!) mixed with a touch of "This Is Spinal Tap" with tones of "Adaptation" and "Being John Malkovich." ) Has Hollywood run out of ideas? However, it was never done with Nicolas Cage playing himself and being 'trapped in his own cage!'
A Unique Tribute To The Iconic Con Air Star
Gormican passed the script along to Nick as a tribute to him; pleading his case to him; hoping that the project would take off and boost his career— not to poke fun at him.
The second half of the story is Nicolas Cage resorts to make an appearance at the birthday party of a Mexican billionaire who is a massive fan of his. After the pair bond, the CIA pulls Cage aside to inform him the billionaire is really the kingpin of a drug cartel and has kidnapped the daughter of a Mexican presidential nominee as well. The Con Air actor is then recruited by the U.S. government to take him down.
Cage Is Back 'Big Time Uncaged'
And here's the hilarious part! There's a 90s alter-ego of himself that criticizes him for making crappy films and not being a star anymore!
Cage was sold on the script and became attached to it in recent weeks. If negotiations continue to progress and they seal the deal; he could get a huge paycheck and be back at the top of his game once again— just like he was in his glory days for "National Treasure." We're still holding out for "NT3!"