The film isn't entirely unlike Cage's role in 2002's Adaptation either - in which he played both the film's screenwriter, Charlie Kaufman, and Kaufman's fictional identical twin brother - and 2014's Birdman, which featured Michael Keaton as a former movie star known for playing a superhero, just as he himself once played Batman and then took on lesser-known roles.
Nicholas Cage is set to play a fictionalized version of himself in the upcoming film The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, which sees him going through exaggerated versions of some of his most famous acting roles in order to drum up a huge sum of money and escape from a seriously risky situation. Yeah, this one might be hard to beat. It was written by Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten, and the plan is for Tom Gormican to also direct the film.
Deadline reports that Cage will play a fictionalised version of himself in what is described as a "meta" story, in which he is paid $1m to attend a wealthy superfan's birthday party. This time, Cage is back for another studio film and he will be taking on one of the most iconic characters in Hollywood: Nicholas Cage himself. It might not get any better than this for fans of the eccentric actor. He also wants to work on a film script with Cage, which itself starts to mirror the events of The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.
Throw in a separate plot in which he's trying to persuade a billionaire to produce his new movie - a billionaire who turns out to be a drug cartel kingpin under surveillance by the Central Intelligence Agency for kidnapping the daughter of a Mexican politician, with Cage then recruited to go undercover - and we have what's likely to be the best movie of all time.
The kingpin becomes close to Cage after pitching a movie script to him. Rather it's a "love letter to the actor".
The Hollywood Reporter points out that The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent will pay homage to some of Cage's former films like Leaving Las Vegas, Face-Off, and Gone in 60 Seconds.