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Nicolas Cage is in 'discussions' to star in National Treasure and Face/Off sequels

Charisa Bossinakis

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Nicolas Cage is in 'discussions' to star in National Treasure and Face/Off sequels

As the Nicolas Cage renaissance is upon us, the actor is now apparently in talks to star in a National Treasure sequel as well as another Face/Off movie.

The 58-year-old is becoming one of the most in-demand actors in Hollywood right now as he has four films in the pipeline for the near future.

The Hollywood Reporter says Cage could soon reprise his roles of Benjamin Franklin Gates and Castor Troy.

According to IGN, while Face/Off 2 has been in the works since 2019, filmmaker Adam Wingard, who will be directing the sequel, is stoked to have Cage finally on board.

Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Osorio/Alamy
Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Osorio/Alamy

While speaking with Empire, Wingard, who has previously directed The Guest and Godzilla Vs Kong, admitted to the outlet that Cage is ‘having such a moment’ thanks to his films Pig and The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.

He added: “That’s become totally the obvious way to go now. A couple of years ago, the studio maybe would have wanted a hot, young, up-and-coming actor or something.

"Now, Nicolas Cage is one of the hottest actors in Hollywood again.”

The director also teased that while the screenplay is well on its way, it’s proving to be a challenging task living up to the original.

He said: “There’s so much pressure in wanting to make sure that it lives up to the legacy of that project. But every draft you have these things that just click in, and you’re like, ‘A-ha! That’s really what Face/Off is!’”

However, the good news doesn’t stop there, as the eccentric lead will reportedly reprise his role as Benjamin Franklin Gates in the National Treasure franchise.

Credit: Buena Vista Pictures
Credit: Buena Vista Pictures

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cage is in ‘various stages of discussions’ for returning for a third film.

In August, the film's producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, confirmed that the script so far is 'really good', and they’re already sent a copy over to the Moonstruck actor.

"We're working on the script right now," he told ComicBook.com. "Hopefully [Cage] likes it, but it's really good. So I think we'll get it to him shortly."

However, it seems that Cage has already pitched his own idea for the threequel, as he told ComingSoon.net in 2007: "With National Treasure I believe that it should become more and more 'International Treasure”.

He continued: "I was very happy to see that we went to London, England and Paris, France, but I'd like to see the movie go wider still.

"I'd like to go into Africa, Egypt, Asia, and keep going. My hope is that Ben [Gates, the films' lead character] is recruited and he gets a dossier from these other countries about their history, and has to download it and learn it, and then try to go on these hunts on their behalf.”

Featured Image Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Paramount Pictures/Buena Vista International

Topics: TV and Film, Celebrity, News

Charisa Bossinakis
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