Nicolas Cage Next Set to 'Pay the Ghost' and Become 'The Runner'
by Ethan Anderton
May 16, 2014
Just recently we caught the trailer for a new Nicolas Cage thriller called Rage that seems bound for the bargain bin. Now news from Cannes has Cage pegged to start in two very different films. First up, THR has word that the National Treasure star will venture into political drama with The Runner, which will mark the directing and writing debut of Austin Stark, a producer of Sundance indie films like Infinitely Polar Bear and Happythankyoumoreplease. The film is set in the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil sill and follows Cage as an idealistic but flawed New Orleans congressman who is forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal. Sounds like new territory for Cage, which could be refreshing.
Secondly, Variety reports Cage will also star in Pay the Ghost, a supernatural thriller set up at Voltage Films with Uli Edel (The Baader Meinhof Complex) directing. This one is being sold at Cannes and will see Cage playing a hard-working NYU English professor bucking for tenure when his 8-year-old son mysteriously vanishes from a Halloween day parade. Now that sounds like the kind of Cage film we know. This one is based on a short story of the same name written by fantasy novelist Tim Lebbon and adapted by Dan Kay. The first one sounds much more interesting since it's a different kind of movie for Cage, but you never know what's actually going to work out with the guy's films until you see them.