As an actor, Nicolas Cage has given the world plenty — too much, depending on who you ask — and now, after well over 100 feature-length efforts, he’s got his sights trained on retirement.
During a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the Academy Award-winning shamanistic talent, of Leaving Las Vegas and The Croods fame, detailed a potential exit timeline.
“It’s starting to solidify — I’m starting to cement my plan. I may have three or four more movies left in me,” he said while promoting his latest release: A24’s Dream Scenario.
“I do feel I’ve said what I’ve had to say with cinema. I think I took film performance as far as I could.”
Cage added: “I want to say bye on a high note. I was taking stock of how much time I had left. I thought, ‘Okay, my dad died at 75, I’m going to be turning 60. If I’m lucky, I have maybe a good 15 years and hopefully more.'”
“What do I want to do with those 15 years, using my father as the model? It occurred very clearly to me that I want to spend time with my family.”
But before the man calls it a career, he’ll be delivering a major fan pleaser in the Lord of War sequel (currently dubbed: Lords of War) — which is set to begin rolling cameras in Morocco next year.
The long-awaited follow-up will once again follow Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage), the world’s most notorious gunrunner, who discovers the existence of his son Anton (Bill Skarsgard).
Anton is apparently striking out on his own by amassing a mercenary army to fight America’s Middle East conflicts, and yes… it would appear as though he’s a chip off the old uranium block. What ensues is an “bitter intergenerational rivalry” that pits father against son.
Lords of War also hails the return of Andrew Niccol, who famously wrote and directed Gattaca, as well as having penned The Truman Show. Kasbah Films’ Karim Debbagh is set to produce.
“We’re trying to cover four or five African countries: such as Libya, Egypt, Senegal, and Mali and several countries in the Middle East, and we’ve almost found everything in Morocco,” revealed the producing veteran (via Variety).
“Casablanca itself is so diverse that you find areas that look like Senegal and others that are very luxurious like a California neighbourhood, and if you’re looking for places that look similar to Libya, Yemen, or Syria, you can find them in and around Marrakech.”
A24’s Dream Scenario, on the other hand, premieres here in Australia on January 1st, 2024.