Just last Monday, Lionsgate teased us all with a selection of sneak peek images of Nicolas Cage and Pedro Pascal sharing quality screen time in the upcoming action-comedy THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT. And, to keep the anticipation building, they’ve gone and released the first official trailer for the film.
For those unaware of the iconic actor’s next project, Cage will be starring as… an alternative version of himself which he described to us as follows:
“This role is going to be a complicated one, but it’s based on my early days of grafting. It would be a collision between perhaps Dave Spritz in The Weatherman as the contemporary Nic Cage, and then I’d have to go into protracted dialogue scenes with a young Nic Cage, and that would be the Nic Cage you saw on Wogan, back when I was promoting Wild at Heart with the karate kicks and the front handsprings. But it will still be stylised and meta – and therefore it’s not really me but more of a pushed version of me on both ends.”
Written by Kevin Etten and Tom Gormican and directed by the latter, the film sees a creatively unfulfilled and financially ruined fictionalised version of Cage having to accept a $1 million offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous superfan (Pedro Pascal). Things take a wildly unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative (Tiffany Haddish) and forced to live up to his own legend, channeling his most iconic and beloved on-screen characters in order to save himself and his loved ones. With a career built for this very moment, the seminal award-winning actor must take on the role of a lifetime: Nicolas Cage.
The film is slated for a 22 April, 2022, a date that can’t come soon enough now that we’ve seen the trailer below: