First Look: Nicolas Cage in Paul Schrader's Film '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.
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.