While hardly an indicator of the finished product, it’s never a bad thing when Nic Cage signs on to your picture. Even the man’s worst performances are imminently watchable, as Cage’s work bounces between “mainstream acting” and “weirdo performance art” at a feverish rate. Deadline is reporting Cage is now attached to star in I Am Wrath , a film that sounds like it has real potential:
“Following the murder of his wife, Stanley (Cage) finds that the police are unable to catch the perpetrators. He uncovers a thick plot of police corruption and realizes that he will have to find justice on his own. As he awakens to the level of degradation of the people sworn to serve and protect, we get a little Rage in the Cage as he becomes a vigilante out to destroy those who abuse their power.”
Mike Flemming of Deadline had to be creaming his khakis when he knew he was about to write “Rage in the Cage,” but I digress.
More exciting than Cage’s involvement is word that director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection) is circling the project. The thought of Cage and Friedkin teaming up for a crime thriller is galvanizing. Two artists that, when inspired, have delivered some of the most provocative work in modern film. Hopefully Friedkin happens, and we’ll have good news to report soon.