Nicolas Cage Drops Out as the Villain from Gondry's Green Hornet
by Alex Billington
September 9, 2009
We knew there was something up with the news from earlier this week that Nicolas Cage had been cast in two more action projects. THR's Heat Vision has separately confirmed today that Cage has dropped out of Michel Gondry's The Green Hornet, in which he was supposed to play a "gangster villain." We first ran this casting news back in July just before Comic-Con, but apparently he's been "in negotiations" ever since, and couldn't work out a deal with the studio in the end. So for the time being, Gondry and Rogen are moving forward without a villain, as shooting on Green Hornet started a few weeks ago (we also wrote about that).
This is actually good news, as it might mean they'll get someone much better to play the villain, though I'd rather have Cameron Diaz drop out than Cage. Unfortunately she's already been seen shooting scenes, so that probably won't be happening. You can gripe and moan about how much you don't like Cage, but nothing compares to how bad Cameron Diaz is, and how she might single-handily ruin this movie. And that's unfortunate, because I still have high hopes for it. Seth Rogen and Jay Chou star as the Green Hornet and Kato. Production has started and Sony has tentatively set a December 17th, 2010 release date next year.