Nicolas Cage poised to play himself in Nicolas Cage movie

Nicolas Cage

Yes, you heard that right. Or some might know him as the guy who stole the Declaration of Independence in Disney's National Treasure, and the villain who swapped his face with John Travolta in Face/Off.

Box office mystery Nicolas Cage has been baffling critics and audiences for four decades, oscillating wildly between arty classics like his Best Actor-winning role in Leaving Las Vegas, to fan service blockbusters like Con Air, to a whole lot of head-scratching messes such as The Wicker Man. In the film, his character is desperate to get a role in a new Quentin Tarantino movie while also dealing with a strained relationship with his teenage daughter.

Nicholas Cage is set to play a fictionalized version of himself in the upcoming film The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, which sees him going through exaggerated versions of some of his most famous acting roles in order to drum up a huge sum of money and escape from a seriously unsafe situation.


Nicolas Cage is known for his. interesting movie choices. Things go south fast. While the two men bond, Cage is informed by the CIA that the billionaire is actually a drug cartel kingpin and Cage subsequently gets roped in by the USA government to get intelligence on the kingpin. The situation spirals even more dramatically when the Mexican brings over Cage's daughter and his ex-wife for a reconciliation, and when their lives are on the line, Cage takes on the role of a lifetime.

Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten, who penned the Craig Robinson and Adam Scott supernatural sitcom Ghosted - which was axed after one season - are behind the script, with Gormican directing. The writers assured him that the film wasn't poking fun at him but rather paying respect to him.

Nicholas Cage did not come up with the idea himself. Gormican sent the script to Cage with a note assuring the actor it was an homage, not a takedown. HBO Max, Paramount, and Lionsgate all expressed interest, but ultimately, Lionsgate won out in the end.

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