If you’ve been scrolling through Netflix in recent years, you’ve most definitely seen Nicolas Cage popping up in some really weird films. For awhile, it seemed like Cage was in everything. The actor took on independent project after project. However, the “City of Angels” star is experiencing somewhat of a career renaissance – and he’s taking on the highly anticipated role of portraying himself. You read that right.
In a new film scheduled for April 2022, the actor will play Nic Cage in “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.” The comedy-action film spins Cage into a pretend version of himself as a highly talented, though creatively unfulfilled actor. After suffering major financial issues (not unlike real life) Cage desperately accepts a $1 million offer to attend a super fan’s birthday. That’s when things start to get really wacky.
Also starring alongside Cage will be Pedro Pascal, Tiffany Haddish, and Neil Patrick Harris. If this doesn’t pique your interest, we’re not sure what will. This diverse group of actors coming together for comedy’s sake could be a new cult classic or it could completely flop. Either way, come April and we’re watching.
Photos Offer Glimpse into New Film
Further, a series of photos of the project definitely has us wanting more info. Nic Cage appears to be the cool, calm actor mixed with a bit of a wild streak in the rustic, outdoor scenes. The best part is trying to guess how much Nic Cage is actually like Nicolas Cage. It’s anyone’s guess at this point.
Writers and producers Tom Gormican and Kevin Etton wanted the character of Nick Cage to be a “highly-neurotic, anxiety-ridden version” of himself. “I’m not this neurotic, high-strung, anxiety-ridden guy all the time,” Cage says, according to Collider. He also said he persuaded Gormican to let him go full-on “neurotic Cage.”
Despite the hype surrounding “Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent,” Nicolas Cage says he most likely won’t watch the finished product.
“I’m told that it’s a good movie and that it’s a lot of fun and people are going to enjoy the ride. But I’m not going to see it. I can tell you right now that for me, playing a surrealist version of my contemporary self, battling it out with a surrealist version of my younger self, just sounds like psychological sensory overload,” Cage said.
He further went on to say:
“I’m glad I did it and it’s there for people to do what they want with it. I will go to the premiere. But I won’t be sitting in the theater,” Nicolas Cage adds.
Maybe the “Leaving Las Vegas” actor will come around and decide he can handle seeing himself in that state. Who knows? It could end up being one of his best performances to date.