As an actor, what could possibly be more rewarding that winning an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, or a Screen Actors Guild Award? How about becoming such a legend in Hollywood that you get the opportunity to play yourself… in a movie… about yourself? Just ask Nicolas Cage.
The multi-award-winning actor is in negotiations to star as himself in an upcoming meta film called—wait for it—The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, which includes nods to a variety of Cage’s past work, including Leaving Las Vegas, Face-Off, and Gone in 60 Seconds.
The film would follow protagonist Nicolas Cage (possibly played by Nicolas Cage), an actor desperate to land a role in a Tarantino movie while simultaneously trying to manage a strained relationship with his teenage daughter. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cage (the character) is described as someone who “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.”
Sound a little wacky? Don’t worry, there’s more.
To deal with his mountain of financial debt, Cage resorts to making a special appearance at a superfan’s birthday party, who conveniently happens to be a Mexican billionaire with hopes that Cage might take interest in a script he’s been working on. As Cage bonds with the billionaire, the CIA (yes, we’re going there) informs him that his #1 fan is actually a drug cartel kingpin who has kidnapped the daughter of a Mexican presidential nominee.
The plot gets even more dramatic when the CIA enlists Cage for help, which turns into a spiraling situation involving lives at risk, and Cage (the character…we think) taking on the role of a lifetime.
As you can imagine, fans of Nic Cage have a lot to say about this promising new role.
Nicolas Cage has more self-awareness than the Buddha. https://t.co/gbiX5WLCev
— Art Tavana (@arttavana) November 15, 2019
Nic Cage playing Nic Cage in a “meta drama” is honestly the greatest pitch I have ever or will ever hear in my life. pic.twitter.com/KsQqVxVyDi
— Jamie Jirak (@JamieCinematics) November 15, 2019
You: “The perfect movie doesn’t exist.”
Nic Cage: “Hold my Declaration of Independence.” pic.twitter.com/f7fZmiZyei
— John Connor Coulston (@jccoulston) November 15, 2019
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent will be scripted by Tom Gormican, who’s known for directing 2014’s That Awkward Moment starring Zac Efron, and Kevin Etten, exec producer and writer for Workaholics. Gormican is also set to direct the film.
Though Nic Cage playing himself isn’t a done deal, we think it’s safe to say that we couldn’t imagine anyone better for the role.