A new report from The Wrap claims that Game of Thrones and Star Wars actor Pedro Pascal is in talks to star in the Nicolas Cage movie where the actor plays himself.
Pascal will play a “superfan” of Cage named Javi in the film, which is called The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. The character Javi is “not all that he appears to be,” the report says.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent was announced in 2019, and it’s got to be one of the more anticipated films in production, in part because of its absurd plot. Cage plays himself and gets mixed up with a drug kingpin and later becomes an informant for the CIA.
Cage plays a version of himself who is suffering through debt and a strained relationship with his daughter. In the film, he’s also trying to get a role in a new Quentin Tarantino movie. To make some cash, Cage takes money from a Mexican billionaire, Pascal’s Javi, for an appearance at his birthday party.
Cage becomes friends with the billionaire, but then the CIA tells him that he’s actually a drug cartel kingpin. Not only that, but this man kidnapped the daughter of a Mexican presidential nominee. The CIA then recruits Cage to become an informant.
According to previous reports, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent will also contain references to famous Cage movies like Leaving Las Vegas (for which he won an Oscar), as well as Face-Off and Gone in 60 Seconds.
Tom Gormican (Ghosted, That Awkward Moment) is reportedly set to direct off a script from Kevin Etten (Scrubs, Workaholics).
Cage is getting paid big money for this new movie, as a report said he is expected to earn a payday in the range of what he was making for the National Treasure series and Con Air.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is scheduled for release in March 2021, though it’s not clear if the COVID-19 pandemic has led to production delays.
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