In a press release last week for The Green Hornet, we learned that the cast had grown by two to include David Harbour and Tom Wilkinson. We also learned that principal photography had begun and that they were still in negotiations with actor Nicolas Cage to play the role of the primary villain described as a gangster.

Now, we’ve learned that Cage, who’s just signed for the lead roles in the revenge film Drive Angry and The Hungry Rabbit Jumps, will not be a part of the Green Hornet film adapation.

At least that helps alleviate what we thought was becoming an impossible film schedule for the Ghost Rider star.

According to the Heat Vision blog at The Hollywood Reporter, Cage and Columbia studios “were not able to come to terms on a deal.”

Money talks in Hollywood and Cage has found two leading roles to play with instead of a supporting role in Green Hornet. I would of thought the Rogen-starrer would have been a more popular movie for Cage.

With production on its way as of last week, the studio and director Michael Gondry will quickly need a replacement.

If you’ve not seen them, take a look at the first set photos from The Green Hornet revealing many of the main characters.

Would you have liked Cage to play the bag guy opposite Seth Rogen’s Green Hornet? Who should be the villain now?

The Green Hornet opens on its new release date, December 27, 2010 alongside Tron Legacy, The Smurfs movie and Yogi Bear.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter