Nicolas Cage Is The Wrestler?

From a bear suit to Day-Glo spandex and lace-up boots?

We know Nicolas Cage can act. But can he take a folding chair to the back of the head?

In the most wonderful piece of casting news since the magical phrase "Hasselhoff Anaconda sequels" was uttered, The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Cage is in talks to star in The Wrestler, described as an "indie drama" from screenwriter Robert Siegel. The synopsis, from the article, is as follows:

The film, now in development at Darren Aronofsky's Protozoa Pictures, centers on Randy "The Ram" Robinson, a 1980s-era star pro wrestler who has become a burnt-out shell of his former self. After he has a heart attack during a small-time match, a doctor tells him he could die if he fights again.

In an effort to build a new life, Robinson takes a job at a deli, moves in with an aging stripper and tries to build a relationship with her son. But the prospect of a rematch with his old nemesis the Ayatollah proves too tempting to resist, even if it means risking his life.


Protozoa's involvement suggests that Aronofsky could be in line to direct, a possibility the Reporter said "could not be confirmed at press time."

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Comments

Rusty Broomhandle

Jaco Gerber

Okaaaay... so I read "Nicholas Cage" and groaned... then I read "Darren Aronofsky" and regained some interest. Could swing either way.

Oct 12 - 05:53 AM

Si-Fi

Simon Ellse

So is it a comedy? because im not sure how serious you could take Nic Cage in tights, oh and he's not exactly built like a wrestler either.

Oh well whatever.

Oct 12 - 05:59 AM

bustahwolf

Martin Gille

AGH, I can't wrap the idea around my head!

The plot synopsis screams "black comedy", but Aranofsky always does films that he takes very seriously. How am I supposed to interpret this??

Oct 12 - 07:14 AM

Gimy

Gimy Moo

"so we know nic cage can act"...8mm is the only thing that comes to mind when i hear ACTING and nic cage. more often, i think of that hilariously bad trailer for National Treasure 2 and urgh...Ghost Rider. dude's last movies i've seen of him feel like i chugged a bottle of vinegar...very bitter taste in my mouth still...and its been months

Oct 12 - 06:08 AM

southwick

jonathan edwards

Adaptation, Weatherman, Raising Arizona..all good Cage films.
There are more.

Oct 12 - 07:23 AM

scotw1t

Scot Something

Watch 'Raising Arizona'

Oct 14 - 12:43 PM

DreCosby

David Gonzalez

Oh, great a Rocky V remake.

Oct 12 - 06:30 AM

bustahwolf

Martin Gille

AGH, I can't wrap the idea around my head!

The plot synopsis screams "black comedy", but Aranofsky always does films that he takes very seriously. How am I supposed to interpret this??

Oct 12 - 07:14 AM

southwick

jonathan edwards

Adaptation, Weatherman, Raising Arizona..all good Cage films.
There are more.

Oct 12 - 07:23 AM

Gimy

Gimy Moo

weatherman wasn't a good movie dude, sorry. i laughed at some parts though, most notablely the camel toe joke. he isn't a christian bale or a hoffman or somebody who can play any character and you see THAT character, not an actor. to me...shaq has more range. doesn't mean i hate his movies...just means i don't consider him a great actor

Oct 12 - 07:47 AM

cmonsteve

joshua hutchison

i used to think that nic cage did crap like "con air" just so he could do quirky indies, but "adaptation" was the last thing he was in that wasn't garbage. here's hoping that he can cut that idiotic hair, team up with a good director and bring some credibility back to his career.

Oct 12 - 08:09 AM

blank blank

bob jones

con air was great. so was face off. and the rock. that was nic cage at his most crowd pleasing. he's good when he wants to be, like in adaptation, or lord of war, but he also sells out all the time, like with Next.

i dont know how i feel about this movie. i'll wait to see a trailer or something

Oct 12 - 09:10 AM

cabezone

First Last

Actually Cage has as good a build or better than many of the 80's wrestlers. You youngins are too used to the roided out modern standard of bland wrestelers.

Oct 12 - 09:14 AM

Unbreakable Samurai

Unbreakable Samurai

Sounds pretty damn interesting to me. And Cage is the man. Hopefully Aronofsky does direct it.

Oct 12 - 09:46 AM

nate2709

Nate 2709

When Cage does smaller films, he shines. It's just all that comic book action junk that never works for him. This might be OK.

Oct 12 - 10:08 AM

Young Turk

Joe Massino

His nemesis...the Ayatollah...

Oct 12 - 10:35 AM

blinkybrown

John Blincoe

Cage's early work was good...plus I liked Weatherman (it was a drama with some dark comedy elements, so you weren't supposed to think it was hilarious.) And he did great in Adaptation, Leaving Las Vegas, and Lord of War. It's just the fact that he also does crap films like Next and Ghost Rider that gives him a bad reputation. Plus, what's with the hair? Both him and Tom Hanks need to accept the fact they're aging.

Oct 12 - 11:00 AM

fight__club

arjan at

the Ayatollah... of rock and rolla

Oct 12 - 12:35 PM

damvbat

damv bat

wrestling is fake

Oct 12 - 02:21 PM

CitizenFlynn

Michael Flynn

I started laughing out loud when I heard about this movie. Sure, he gave great performances in Wild at Heart, Birdy, Adaptation, Leaving Las Vegas, etc., and I have insatiable love for Con Air and Face/Off, but let's have a rundown of why this cannot and will not work:

1. Combining "pro wrestling" and "indie drama" in the same sentence is like a peanut butter and blowfish sandwich: a horrible idea, a fatal flaw (in life or film), and two things that should stay on their own.

2. Darren Aronofsky is too smart to have his name remotely close to this.

3. "The Wrestler" is depressingly generic as a title. "The Ram" would be a MUCH better title, but not necessarily redeemable.

4. If Darren Aronofsky and Nicolas Cage was John Carpenter and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper instead, this would be a damn intriguing idea.

5. I can see it now: (Cage is stuck in a submission move by opponent) "BEATING ME WON'T KILL THE GODDAMNED RAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!" (opponent lets up, gets on the top rope, elbow-drops Cage, Cage begins having another heart attack) "NOT MY HEART!!!!!! NOT MY HEARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRTTTTTTTT!!"

I'd rather watch Ready to Rumble again than think about this idea, but there's a 1-in-2,000 chance it could work. For now, I'll just continue to hope Paul Greengrass makes a United 93-style movie about the Montreal screwjob.

Oct 12 - 02:26 PM

jpbresnihan

john bresnihan

Bringing Out The Dead?.... Anyone?

Cage rocks.

and i

Oct 12 - 03:13 PM

arendr

Arend Anton

I love how his wrestling nemesis is named "The Ayatollah".

And since Aranofsky is making it I'm suddenly interested.

Oct 12 - 05:58 PM

Leonhart

Squall Leonhart

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_mW8mBzmHo&mode=related&search

'nuff said

Oct 12 - 07:13 PM

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