Nicolas Cage has owned his unique persona throughout the years, doing increasingly wild projects, but for a time he did films that could easily be labeled as "did it for the paycheck". And Cage seems to want to broach this very schism between his acclaimed works and his sell-out projects. So much so he's making a film where he plays himself in a radical depiction of his life and career. And today, that wild concept has found it's antagonist.
It's been announced today that Pedro Pascal (Who recently gained much affection for his faceless role in The Mandalorian), will join the meta Nicolas Cage project The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent which is currently set up at Lionsgate. The project will see Cage's fictional self desperate to get a role in a new Tarantino movie while also dealing with a mountain of debt and a strained relationship with his teenage daughter.
Cage soon finds himself forced to make an appearance at the birthday party of a Mexican billionaire fan (Played by Pascal) who is actually a drug cartel kingpin and so Cage is recruited by the U.S. government to gather intelligence. However, Cage is forced to take on the role of a lifetime to save their lives when the billionaire brings over Cage’s daughter and his ex-wife for a reconciliation. In addition to all this going on, Cage will find himself at odds with an an egotistical 1990's version of himself who rides him for making too many crappy movies over the years.
The film will begin production this fall with Tom Gormican directed from a script he co-wrote with Kevin Etten. Stay tuned!