At this point, it can sometimes feel like a lifetime ago when Nicolas Cage was winning Oscars and considered one of the best actors working in Hollywood. That’s not to say that all of Cage’s more recent projects are bad by any means, but his work now is certainly more eclectic overall, to say the least. Regardless, the man still has many fans, and never seems to be at a loss for new roles.
For example, the now 52-year-old Cage appeared in no less than five films during the course of 2016, with several more projects set for release next year. Among the actor’s recent high-profile gigs are the controversial Oliver Stone biopic Snowden, a war drama about the infamous sinking of the USS Indianapolis, and the lead role of possibly delusional Osama Bin Laden hunter Gary Faulkner in the offbeat Larry Charles (Borat) comedy Army of One. If a new report is to be believed, then Cage’s next big job could see him graduate to a role of literally presidential proportions – that being now deceased ex-POTUS Ronald Reagan.
According to a report from the New York Post‘s Page Six, Cage has been offered the role of Reagan in an upcoming film designed to paint “The Gipper” in a positive light, but has yet to accept. Allegedly, Cage is concerned that starring in a positive portrayal of the popular Republican president might lower his stock in left-leaning Hollywood. For their part, Cage’s team has yet to confirm or deny that particular assertion.
The title for the film that might feature Cage as Reagan was not revealed, although Cage’s publicist is not denying that he was indeed offered the part, albeit with the caveat that the project is “too early in the development process to discuss.” Also unclear is what period of Reagan’s life and/or presidency would be explored by the script and subsequent movie.
While such a film would not be the first to present President Reagan in a positive way, the idea definitely stands in stark contrast to Reagan, a black comedy about a dementia-addled Reagan being convinced that he is merely an actor playing the commander-in-chief in a movie. Will Ferrell was briefly attached to play the lead in Reagan earlier this year, but withdrew after the film’s premise was largely greeted by public condemnation. In the USA’s currently sharply divided political climate though, one wonders whether a positive portrayal of Reagan would draw just as much criticism from the other side of the aisle. Either way, an actor like Cage headlining the film would certainly make things that much more interesting.
We’ll bring you more details about a potential Ronald Regan biopic starring Nicolas Cage, as it comes our way.
Source: Page Six