Everything We Know About Nicolas Cage's Bats**t Action-Comedy (About Nicolas Cage)

05 February 2020
Culture, Film, Nicolas Cage, Review, Hollywood, Cinema
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Dubbed The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent. No, we're not joking

Part of the appeal of Nicolas Cage, aside from the fact that he was able to turn in a genuinely compelling performance across a multitude of genres every now and then, was the fact that you were never quite sure just how self-aware he was. Did he realise what he was making in The Wicker Man? Did he carefully hone his over-the-top acting with the specific intent of becoming one of the defining performers of the meme generation?

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We were never quite sure. But it seems that, to an extent, he was. And all the evidence we need will come in the form of The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent, a meta new action comedy starring Nicolas Cage as a fictionalised version of Nicolas Cage.

According to Deadline, the plot for the film goes as follows: "Creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, the fictionalised version of Cage must accept a $1 million offer to attend the birthday of a super fan. When things take a wildly dangerous turn, Cage is forced to live up to his own legend, channeling his most iconic and beloved on-screen characters in order to save himself and his loved ones."

Tom Gormican, who wrote Adam Scott and Craig Robinson's buddy comedy Ghosted, is set to man the director's chair on the film.

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Word of the film has been spreading around Hollywood since late last year, however only this week has studio Lionsgate actually confirmed plans to give the film a big cinematic release. Interestingly, given Cage's status, it's actually the first major theatrical movie he's done since 2011. That's not to say he hasn't been busy: he's churned out a solid five or six films a year for the bulk of his career. With the exception of his voice part in Into the Spider-Verse, however, the majority of his recent projects have been b-movies.

The next couple of years could see Cage in the headlines more than ever though, as a sequel for animated hit The Croods is due out later this year, and Disney is known to be working on a third film in the National Treasure franchise, set to be written by Bad Boys For Life director Chris Bremner.

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The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent, will reportedly hit theatres in 2021, no doubt to a Rotten Tomatoes ranking that'll either be close to 10% or close to 90%.

Via GQ Australia