Nicolas Cage is in talks for the uber meta drama ‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent,’ with Tom Gormican (‘That Awkward Moment’) behind the camera, directing from a script he penned with Kevin Etten (‘Ghosted,’ ‘Workaholics,’ ‘Reaper’).
Per THR, the film will see Cage playing “actor Nicolas Cage, who 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.
While he bonds with the man, Cage is informed by the CIA that the billionaire is actually a drug cartel kingpin who has kidnapped the daughter of a Mexican presidential nominee and is recruited by the U.S. government to get intelligence. 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.”
Kevin Turen (‘Waves,’ ‘Euphoria’) is on board to produce, alongside Mike Nilon and Cage, who will produce his Saturn Films banner.