2021 marks another year of Nicolas Cage’s unflagging commitment to star in virtually any film his agent offers him. And par usual, Cage brought his idiosyncratic A-game to each film that starred him. This year was a particularly vibrant crop of Cage performances: “Wally’s Wonderland,” “Prisoners Of The Ghostland,” and “Pig” (which some think earns the actor an Oscar nom).
As always, though, the Cage train keeps on rolling, and next year brings four more films to his expansive catalog. First up: his most meta movie since 2002’s “Adaptation,” “The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent.” The new film stars Cage as, well, himself. When the actor falls on hard times, he agrees to appear at billionaire Javi’s birthday party for a $1 million payday.
There’s a catch, however: the real reason Cage goes to the party is that he’s undercover as a CIA informant to gather intel about Jaci, who’s not only a Nic Cage superfan but also a Mexican crime lord. Between cinephilic chit-chat and reliving old performances, will Cage make it back to Hollywood alive?
Alongside Cage as Cage, “Massive Talent” also stars Pedro Pascal as Javi. The film also co-stars Tiffany Haddish, Sharon Horgan, Neil Patrick Harris, Lily Sheen, and Jacob Scipio. Paco León, Alessandra Mastronardi, and Joanna Bobin round out the main cast.
Tom Gormican directs the film from a script he co-wrote with TV writer/producer Kevin Etten. Gormican and Etten worked together on the short-lived Fox series “Ghosted” that starred Adam Scott and Craig Robinson. TV fans will remember Etten for his two Golden Globe nominations for “Desperate Housewives.”
2022 brings three other Cage films: the family crime drama “The Retirement Plan” and two Westerns, “The Old Way” and “Butcher’s Crossing.” Catch Cage at his most self-referential before those when “The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent” hits theaters on April 22, courtesy of Lionsgate. View the trailer below.