Nicolas Cage is well and truly back, ladies and gentlemen.
Not only has he paid off his infamous debt and returned to Hollywood’s A-list with moving performances in films such as Pig or comedic ones like The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, but he’s also becoming a box office bet again.
While Renfield might have wound up being a financial disappointment (his performance as Count Dracula certainly wasn’t, to be fair), it represented Cage’s first role in a major studio feature film since 2011’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, as he spent the years in between starring in a seemingly endless list of indie and B-movies.
In case those factors — getting Oscar season buzz, playing *himself* in a comedy alongside Pedro Pascal and starring as *the* Count Dracula — didn’t convince you that Cage is well and truly back, then perhaps this will: reports indicate that a sequel to his 2005 film Lord of War, titled Lords of War, is in the works.
Not only that, but Bill Skarsgard — one of the most exciting actors in the business who recently featured as the villain in John Wick: Chapter 4 — has joined the cast to play Cage’s character’s son.
Released in 2005 and directed by Andrew Niccol, Lord of War — which also starred Ethan Hake and Jared Leto — followed the two-decade-long arms-dealing career of Yuri Orlov.
Lords of War finds Orlov (Cage), the world’s most notorious gunrunner, as he discovers that he has a son, Anton (Skarsgård), who is trying to top his dad. Anton is amassing a mercenary army to fight America’s Middle East conflicts. This triggers an intergenerational bitter rivalry, one that pits father and son against each other. [via Variety]
In addition to his recent appearance in Renfield and signing on for the Lords of War sequel, the coming months and years will see Cage star in Sympathy for the Devil alongside Joel Kinnaman, the action-comedy The Retirement Plan, the A24-produced Dream Scenario, the horror thriller Longlegs, and the survival action thriller Arcadian.