There are a few sure-fire ways to discover whether someone knows anything about film. One such way is to get their opinion on Nicolas Cage. If they repeat the commonplace view that Cage is a terrible actor, they’re clueless. Cage is among the best and most singular actors of his generation. He has demonstrated this on numerous occasions since his first movie role—a bit part in the timeless teenage comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
Now, almost 38 years later, Cage is reportedly set to star as himself in a meta film titled The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, written by Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten. Gormican will direct. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the script circulated for a few months before the idea of Cage playing himself sprang forth.
“According to sources, the script was shown to Cage accompanied with a letter that Gormican wrote, pleading his case and saying how the piece was a love letter to the actor, not something that made fun of him. Cage was convinced and became attached only in recent weeks.”
The Hollywood Reporter has been briefed on the plot, writing:
“The character [Nic Cage] is desperate to get a role in a new Tarantino movie while also dealing with a strained relationship with his teenage daughter. He also occasionally talks to an egotistical 1990s version of himself who rides him for making too many crappy movies and for not being a star anymore.
“The Cage character is also under a mountain of debt and finds himself forced to make an appearance at the birthday party of a Mexican billionaire who happens to be a fan of Cage’s work and secretly hopes to show him a script on which he’s been working.”
From there it reportedly expands into the world of drug cartels and international politics, complete with a high profile abduction and CIA intervention. References are made to Cage classics like Leaving Las Vegas and Face/Off.
Something to look forward to, assuming it gets made. Until then, you should set aside some time to revisit (or visit for the first time) some of Cage’s best movies. Below are his top five in alphabetical order:
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Bringing Out the Dead
Leaving Las Vegas