Nicolas Cage to Get 'Left Behind' in Christian Rapture Series Reboot
The Left Behind book series, launched in 1995 with Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins' first novel, was a massively successful 16-volume series centering around the Christian belief of the Rapture. It told the story of what happened to those left behind after Jesus Christ returned to Earth and brought all Christians to heaven, following a group of people who eventually become believers and form a worldwide network to oppose the Antichrist, who rises to power in the years following the Rapture. It inspired a low budget film series starring Kirk Cameron, but now Variety reports Nicolas Cage is in talks to lead a franchise reboot.
Cage is no stranger to spiritual films, having starred in Alex Proyas' Knowing and alongside Meg Ryan in City of Angels. Plus, don't forget he made a deal with the devil in the Ghost Rider franchise. All this begs the question: who will Cage actually play in the Left Behind reboot? Could he be the converted pilot protagonist, Rayford Steele? Or will he be the slick-talking Romanian Nicolae Carpathia, the Antichrist himself? With Cage's bizarre career choices in recent years, we're guessing anything is possible.
Left Behind will be the first film project out of the gate for rookie company Stoney Lake Entertainment, and it'll be produced and co-written by Stoney Lake founder Paul Lalonde. John Patus, who wrote 2005's Left Behind: World at War, the third entry in the previously existing trilogy, will be the other co-writer here. The project has been given a $15 million budget, which seems small when you consider the post-apocalyptic scope of the books, but the original film had only a $4 million budget and Christian audiences flocked to it. With a bigger star and a bigger budget, Stoney Lake is clearly hoping for a bigger turnout this time around, so we'll have to see if Cage is the only recognizable actor they can secure here.