Nicolas Cage Plays Nicolas Cage in a Movie About Nicolas Cage. Yes, you heard that right. I think I may have broken the world record for saying Nicolas Cage the most in one sentence. Nicolas Cage has been known to not take himself too seriously— especially when it comes to his career. He is one of Hollywood's top inside jokes. He stole the declaration in 'National Treasure,' he traded faces with John Travolta in 'Face/Off,' and he even swung on Miley Cyrus' wrecking ball.
Now he's ready to return to Hollywood after performing in smaller films in the most meta way. The film will be titled 'The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent' (sounds like the wrecking ball training really did pay off!). He is playing a version of himself who is drowning in debt, struggling to get along with his teenage daughter and desperate to star in a Quentin Tarantino film. One of his ex-wives will also appear in the film. The question is, which one?
The film will also reference and make jokes from 'Leaving Las Vegas,' 'Face/Off' and 'Gone In 60 Seconds.' The film's premise is as wacky as it sounds. The Hollywood Reporter explains the plot featuring the fictionalized Nicolas Cage "finds himself forced to make an appearance at the birthday party of a Mexican billionaire who happens to be a fan of Cage’s work and secretly hopes to show him a script on which he’s been working." Things go south fast.
"While he bonds with the man, Cage is informed by the CIA that the billionaire is actually a drug cartel kingpin who has kidnapped the daughter of a Mexican presidential nominee and is recruited by the U.S. government to get intelligence," THR explains of the plot. "The situation spirals even more dramatically when the Mexican brings over Cage’s daughter and his ex-wife for a reconciliation, and when their lives are on the line, Cage takes on the role of a lifetime."
Nicholas Cage did not come up with the idea himself. The script was written by Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten and was sent to Cage. The writers assured him that the film wasn't poking fun at him but rather paying respect to him. Cage loved the script and gave it the green light. Surprisingly, the script is in high demand by many production studios. HBO Max, Paramount, and Lionsgate all expressed interest, but ultimately, Lionsgate won out in the end.