Nicolas Cage is in talks to play himself in upcoming meta drama The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
Nicolas Cage is in talks to return to the big screen as none other than himself in the upcoming feature film The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.
The film, penned by Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten, finds a downcast Cage yearning for a lead role in a Quentin Tarantino film as well as reconciliation for a bruised relationship with his teenage daughter.
Cage also has a back-and-forth with a haughty 1990s persona of himself who chides him for a lackluster list of recent credits and for letting his star burn out.
Coming soon: Nicolas Cage is in talks to return to the big screen as none other than himself in the upcoming feature film The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
Also bridled with surmounting debt, Cage’s character is pushed to appear at the birthday party of a Mexican billionaire who is also a fan of his work and wants to share a script he wrote with him.
After spending time with the man, the CIA informs Cage that the billionaire is in reality a drug cartel kingpin who has kidnapped the daughter of a Mexican presidential nominee.
The U.S. government then recruits Cage to gather intelligence on the kingpin.
Throwback: The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent will include references to Cage’s past films including Leaving Las Vegas, Face-Off and Gone in 60 Seconds (pictured)
This leads to a series of events including one in which the criminal brings over Cage’s daughter and his ex-wife for a reconciliation – leading Cage to fight tooth and nail for their lives.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent will include references to Cage’s past films including Leaving Las Vegas, Face-Off and Gone in 60 Seconds.
It will also bear a tone similar to that of Cage’s film Adaptation, Jean-Claude Van Damme’s meta movie JCVD and John Travolta’s Get Shorty.
Back then: Cage starred in Leaving Las Vegas alongside Elizabeth Shue in 1995
Cage is set to serve as a producer alongside Kevin Turen, who produced the recently released drama Waves as well as HBO’s Euphoria.
According to sources via The Hollywood Reporter, the film’s script was presented to Cage as a ‘love letter’ to him as opposed to a parody, making the actor enamored with the idea.
The Hollywood Reporter also reports that interest in the project was so high that Cage will likely be compensated at the level he was for his blockbusters like Con Air and National Treasure.