Nicolas Cage to Play the 'Gangster Villain' in Green Hornet?
by Alex Billington
July 20, 2009
Whoa, I don't think anyone saw this coming? Variety reports that Nicolas Cage is in early talks to play the "gangster villain" in Seth Rogen's The Green Hornet being directed by Michel Gondry. Cage will star alongside of Rogen and Cameron Diaz, who was announced a few weeks ago, though the role of Kato is still open. They also say, as we reported earlier today, that "the picture is moving full steam ahead for a fall start date." Cage last starred in Knowing and recently finished The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Bad Lieutenant, Season of the Witch, and Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass. I definitely think this is going upset a few people.
Okay, so I've defending Green Hornet all along, and I think it'll still be good, but this makes me a bit weary. I started losing faith when they cast Cameron Diaz and now with Nic Cage, I'm just not sure anymore. Maybe, just maybe, Gondry could help save his career. I'll argue that Alex Proyas' Knowing helped get him on the right track, but it didn't take him too far. I imagine he's going to be a goofy villain, hopefully not too much like Samuel L. Jackson in The Spirit, but maybe this will be a role that shows he's not that bad. Who knows? Either that or this is the first sign of a potential disaster in the making. So what do you think?