Which explains why the Oscar-winner is in talks to play a version of himself in a meta new movie, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Yeah, this one might be hard to beat. The screenplay, written without Cage's knowledge by Tom Gormican (writer/director of little know rom-com That Awkward Moment) and Kevin Etten (creator of Fox's short lived Ghosted), was never supposed to be seen by anyone who might actually buy it.
Similarly, John Malkovich, who famously starred alongside Cage in the action classic Con Air, also played himself in the meta movie Being John Malkovich. directed by Spike Jonze.
The film titled Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, is now underway for a final negotiation before being picked up by Lionsgate, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The situation spirals even more dramatically when the billionaire brings over Cage's daughter and his ex-wife for a reconciliation, and when their lives are on the line, Cage takes on the role of a lifetime.
As described by THR, this will be the plot of the film... The movie is said to focus on Cage truing to desperately win a role in a Tarantino film, and he will occasionally be riffed on by a 1990s version of himself who will make fun of him for making awful movies and not being a relevant star anymore.
As the perplexing American actor struggles with debt and maintaining a healthy relationship with his teenage daughter, he is paid to make an appearance at the birthday party of a Mexican billionaire superfan, who is secretly the leader of a drug cartel.
In 2018, Cage had said that he only plans to continue as an actor for three or four more years after which he intends to focus on direction. Shortly after the two men become friends, the Central Intelligence Agency inform Cage that his new associate is a member of a drug cartel, which has kidnapped the daughter of a Mexican presidential candidate. Hopefully things pull through for The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent and Nicolas Cage can give us a stellar performance and tribute to his own career.