After trying and failing to shock us by working with tabloid train wreck Lindsay Lohan and porn star bad boy James Deen on his experimental indie project, The Canyons, director Paul Schrader seems to be taking a more traditional, more guaranteed approach to making something weird with his next film—he’s going to be working with infamous beat-of-his-own-drummer marcher Nicolas Cage.
The story comes from an interview he did with The Playlist, who confirm that he does indeed have Cage lined up to star in his next film, and who theorize that said next film is going to be The Dying of the Light, which is a project that was once going to star Harrison Ford and be directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.
Why do the people at The Playlist surmise that this is the project the duo are going to be working together on? Because Schrader is the one who wrote the script, and just a couple months ago he was giving them another interview where he said of the film, “I’m gonna make that this winter. I think Nic Refn will be exec producer or something, [and] we have gotten an A-actor for that. He’s agreed to the terms, but we’re still negotiating the perks. I’ll do that film starting at the end of the year.” You can say a lot of things about Nic Cage, but you can’t deny that he is indeed an “A-actor,” so the connection here makes sense.
Famously, Refn’s version of the film fell apart when he and his star couldn’t agree on the fate of its protagonist, a CIA agent who starts to go blind in the middle of his last mission. Given Schrader’s experience working with difficult actors and Cage’s willingness to do absolutely anything, full force, with no questions asked, one would have to think that something like that won’t become a problem this time around. Like, at all. Take note, Mr. Ford, Nic Cage wouldn’t mind answering our questions about Han Solo, and that’s why we love him.