Nicolas Cage has hands-down the most bizarre movie career in the history of cinema… and it’s about to get even weirder.
The guy was born into cinematic royalty as the nephew of director Francis Ford Coppola and of actress Talia Shire and attended Beverly Hills High School.
Cage would then go on to win an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his performance in the 1995 film Leaving Las Vegas. He then received a second Academy Award nomination for his work in the 2002 movie Adaptation.
He’s also starred in some serious box office hits like The Rock, Con Air, Face/Off, Gone in 60 Seconds, National Treasure, and its sequel National Treasure: Book of Secrets.
All told, Cage has been the lead actor in 76 films that have earned $4,771,576,523 in worldwide aggregate box office.
And yet, his film credits over the past five years include movies like The Frozen Ground, Dying of the Light, Pay the Ghost, Army Of One, and Mandy.
His two biggest hits since 2012 are The Croods and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, both cartoons.
And now, Cage is getting set to star in a film titled The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent playing… himself. I can’t believe it took this long.
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Lionsgate is in final negotiations to land The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, a film project scripted by Tom Gormican (Ghosted) & Kevin Etten (Ghosted, Workaholics). Deadline has confirmed that if the deal makes, the studio will make the meta feature that will star Nicolas Cage playing a version of himself. Gormican, who created the Fox comedy series Ghosted, which Etten executive produced, would direct.
The film tells the story of Nicolas Cage (Cage), who, in need of some money and creatively unfulfilled, begrudgingly accepts a $1 million offer to attend the birthday of a Mexican billionaire super fan. When things take a wild turn, Nick is forced to become a version of some of his most iconic and beloved characters in order to extricate himself from an increasingly dangerous situation.
But before that, Cage still has to finish and release the films Primal, Grand Isle, Color Out of Space, Jiu Jitsu, Pig, Prisoners Of The Ghostland, Wally’s Wonderland, and 10 Double Zero, all of which will more than likely end up in a Walmart bargain DVD bin by the end of 2020.
Like I said, bizarre.