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First Look: Nicolas Cage in Paul Schrader's Film 'Dying of the Light'

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September 24, 2014
Source: Variety

Dying of the Light

Wait - Paul Schrader, screenwriter of Raging Bull & Taxi Driver and director of American Gigolo, cast Nicolas Cage in his new film? This has to be a joke? Nope. It's real, and it's already shot and finishing up for 2015 release. Schrader's new "mid-budget indie", which he wrote and directed, is titled Dying of the Light executive produced by fellow filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn. What a team-up this is: Schrader, Refn, Cage. Who else? Well, the cast includes Anton Yelchin (also seen in the photo), Alexander Karim and Irène Jacob. I won't deny that I'm curious about this. Take a look at the image below, which doesn't reveal much about the way this will play. Of all the recent Cage films, this is the one I'm most interested in.

Here's the first photo from Paul Schrader's film Dying of the Light, debuted by Variety (via SlashFilm):

Dying of the Light First Look

The project has been in development for years, with a number of troubles along the way. It was originally written as a spec script in 2010 by Paul Schrader. At the time, Nicolas Winding Refn got attached to direct and was looking at casting Harrison Ford before that fell apart. The project finally came together and was filmed last year. More help was needed so anonymous Facebook page to "Save Paul Schrader's Dying of the Light" was launched this year. Now the film will see the light of day in 2015 - there's still no release date.

What is Schrader's Dying of the Light about? Cage stars as a CIA agent who tracks an elusive terrorist while battling the debilitating effects of frontotemporal dementia - causing "significant changes in social and personal behavior, apathy, blunting of emotions, and deficits in both expressive and receptive language". But watch out: "Paul's cut of the movie deviated substantially from his own script," says the producers. "It was a completely different movie from the movie that was greenlit, the movie that was discussed and the movie that was shot." They're still releasing it despite some trepidation. We'll have to wait for more updates.

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  • DAVIDPD
    Wow, that wig certainly adds the years quickly.
  • Xerxexx
    This sounds great. Cage has good performances locked away.
  • OfficialJab
    I hate hearing about this happening to a creator's original plans for a film. I don't think I could take a studio messing around with it that much - I'd just quit.
  • Mike P.
    Wait - Paul Schrader, screenwriter of Raging Bull & Taxi Driver and director of American Gigolo, castNicolas Cage in his new film? Don't forget The Canyons.
  • Huck PS
    "significant changes in social and personal behaviour, apathy, blunting of emotions, and deficits in both expressive and receptive language" Sounds like a perfect Nic Cage role to me. No?
  • JBrotsis
    Geez, how many movies does Cage make a year...hell, a month?! I feel like in the past month of September there's been like five separate articles showcasing Cage in five separate movies??!!
  • First movie that Cage is allowing himself to look old.
  • Wafffles
    As much as we all love to hate Nic - and trust me, he deserves it - it's also true that he can be a tremendous actor in powerful roles when he feels like it and doesn't need to pad his bank account. I'm not convinced this is one of those roles, but it's always possible, and it certainly has more hope than "Ghost Rider 7: Nic Owes the Bank".
  • ColtNoir
    Thought this might be about the George RR Martin Novel of the same name.
  • Bo
    The producer's took this film away from Schrader and this is no longer his film. The re-cut it so it has none of Schrader's intelligence, tone, or perspective. It should not be seen unless you support generic, money-men edited films aimed at taking out all nuances and artistic expression in order to please audiences and make a buck. Nothing wrong with making a buck, but why get into a film with Schrader (and Refn) knowing who he is and what he's done. What did they expect...Spy Kids or some dogshit like that? Schrader, Cage and Refn have all distanced themselves from this re-edited watered down version of the film they wanted us to see.
  • TravisaurusRex
    I really like Anton. I hope this film doesn't drag him down. Everyone should see Odd Thomas, I loved it. He was excellent in it. I hope his career goes well.

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