AceShowbiz - Nicolas Cage is preparing to poke fun at his career by starring as a version of himself in a new film.
The "Ghost Rider" actor is in talks for "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent", in which his debt-ridden character is desperate to land a part in Quentin Tarantino's next movie, but finds himself taking on a vastly different role as a real-life informant for the C.I.A. after befriending a Mexican billionaire who is believed to be a drug cartel kingpin.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project, to be directed by co-writer Tom Gormican, also features the movie's Cage talking to an egotistical 1990s version of himself, who constantly ridicules him for being a washed-up leading man taking on low-budget flop after low-budget flop.
Sources reveal Cage was sent a copy of the script by Gormican himself, who included an accompanying letter explaining the film was created as a love letter of sorts to the 55-year-old, and not meant to make fun of him.
The star appears to have been won over by the personal plea to have him consider the movie, which has been optioned by Lionsgate studio officials after a fierce bidding war.
If Cage does sign on, he will also serve as a co-producer via his Saturn Films firm.
Aside from a few voice roles in box office hits like "The Croods" and "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse", Cage hasn't starred in a big studio blockbuster since "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" in 2011, when he reprised his role as the titular Marvel Comics demon superhero.