The film isn't entirely unlike Cage's role in 2002's Adaptation either - in which he played both the film's screenwriter, Charlie Kaufman, and Kaufman's fictional identical twin brother - and 2014's Birdman, which featured Michael Keaton as a former movie star known for playing a superhero, just as he himself once played Batman and then took on lesser-known roles.
Nicolas Cage is in talks to play himself in meta drama The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. Yeah, this one might be hard to beat.
The film is co-written by and directed by Tom Gorbican, who created Ghosted, a short-lived paranormal comedy series starring Adam Scott and Craig Robinson. Actually, Nic Cage fans who've thought any of his movies are odd (and many qualify) will likely appreciate this new venture, which the Guardian deems the "role of a lifetime".
Apparently the movie focuses on Nicolas Cage playing a fictional version of himself, one which must deal with his own career choices while simultaneously getting caught up with the Central Intelligence Agency and a drug cartel kingpin.
In the plot of the proposed feature, Cage's character is desperate for a part in the latest Quentin Tarantino film.
To get Cage to come on board, Gormican apparently wrote to the actor, explaining that the story isn't meant to make fun of him.
The film titled Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, is now underway for a final negotiation before being picked up by Lionsgate, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
He will find himself under a considerable amount of debt and has to try and keep his teenage daughter happy as per the script. While the two men bond, Cage is informed by the CIA that the billionaire is actually a drug cartel kingpin and Cage subsequently gets roped in by the US government to get intelligence on the kingpin.
The Hollywood Reporter points out that The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent will pay homage to some of Cage's former films like Leaving Las Vegas, Face-Off, and Gone in 60 Seconds.