Trailer Spotlight: Nic Cage in ‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’


There are only 10 days left til the end of the year and I wanted to highlight one or two more trailers of movies I can’t wait to see. I didn’t get a chance to post this last week but this trailer is such a riot and of course it’s the PERFECT vehicle for the inimitable Nic Cage!

A cash-strapped Nicolas Cage agrees to make a paid appearance at a billionaire super fan’s birthday party, but is really an informant for the CIA since the billionaire fan is a drug kingpin and gets cast in a Tarantino movie.

According to IMDb, the script by writer/director Tom Gormican was featured in the 2019 Blacklist, a list of the most liked unmade scripts. That’s quite a feat that he managed to get Nic Cage to agree to play himself here. He’s such a good sport poking fun of himself of his financial troubles, which makes for such an amusing comedy!

I love Con Air and Face/Off which were both released in 1997, in fact the latter is one of my guilty pleasures! The John Woo thriller is SO ridiculously preposterous but so immensely watchable. That moment when he saw the life-size replica of his Face/Off character Castor Troy is a hoot!!

Nice to see Pedro Pascal in this and they look like they’re having a blast. I quite like Tiffany Haddish too who was apparently handpicked by Cage himself based on a recommendation by his friend writer/ director Paul Schrader. I sure hope the final movie will be as funny as this trailer!

Some fun trivia about the movie courtesy of IMDb:

  • Nic Cage was against the idea of playing himself even as cameo turning down several offers but changed his mind after reading a letter from Tom Gormican that was attached to the script
  • Quentin Tarantino is confirmed for a cameo appearance.
  • Nic Cage will reprise some of his most iconic roles from movies like Face/Off (1997), Con Air (1997), Leaving Las Vegas (1995) and Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)
  • He will use Castor Troy’s Golden Guns from Face/Off (1997) in the movie

  • Tom Gormican wrote the script as a last chance to save his career, he didn’t think it will get made but he just wanted to get attention from the producers when the script was relieved many studies including paramount and HBO expressed their interest but when Cage agreed to the project after reading a personal letter from Tom, he picked Lionsgate because Tom would have the final cut

The movie is due for release in April 22, 2022.

What do you think of this trailer?

10 thoughts on “Trailer Spotlight: Nic Cage in ‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’

  1. This looks like something that is going to be absolutely fucking stupid but goddamnit, I want to see this. Crazy Nic Cage is Nic Cage at his best. Plus, I think he’s at a point where he is just embracing his silliness and not take everything seriously and have fun while doing all sorts of interesting projects. At least he’s not Bruce Willis who… OK, let’s be honest. Other than Moonrise Kingdom and Looper, has he’s been in anything that is interesting to say the least?

    1. It probably will be a crazy, wild ride but seems like everyone is in on the joke, including Cage himself, so that’s a plus. I honestly don’t care about Bruce Willis anymore for at least a decade now, and he’s become the crown prince of terrible B movies now.

      1. Yeah but that’s kind of insulting to B movies since they’re only hampered by their small budgets and there’s actors who are there who show up and at least try to give a decent performance. Willis just seems like he’s been phoning it in and is only there for the paycheck.

        1. Good point there. Yeah, Willis definitely seem to only takes roles for the paycheck, that’s why I haven’t bothered watching any of his recent movies.

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  3. From the trailer, it looks hilarious. Hopefully the actual film will be as funny as the trailer.

    I think Face/Off is John Woo’s best film that I’ve seen. He has the massive budget and he was able to shoot big action sequences that he couldn’t do in his earlier films, especially the ones he made in Hong Kong. Also, he was able to finish the film the way he envisioned without studio interferences because his two big stars at the time, Travolta and Cage backed him. Also, Michael Douglas was one of the producers of that film and he’s on Woo’s side too.

    1. Yeah, so far the trailers I like haven’t resulted in good movies so I’m hoping this one would buck the trend.

      I kinda miss John Woo action movies. It’d be cool to see Cage in another Face/Off type movie. Oh wow, I didn’t know Michael Douglas was one of Face/Off’s producers! Well maybe he should star in one of his movies next.

      1. The last film I saw from John Woo was Manhunt, which happens to be the last he made and it was terrible. I was surprised that he put his name on that film, it looked like it’s made by an amateur. The last I heard, he’s trying to get a remake of earlier film The Killer made in Hollywood. Apparently, the leads will be two females this time and one well known actress was cast but left the project last year, I forgot who that was.

        1. Oooh The Killer sounds great! I’ve never heard of it, but having two female leads should be easier to find financing, esp if you get at least one big star attached!

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