Nic Cage in new movie trailer ‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent trailer stars Oscar winner Nicolas Cage as a fictionalized version of himself

From Face/Off to Con Air, Cage has acted (and yelled) his way into our hearts. He’s stolen the Declaration of Independence, switched faces with John Travolta, and dealt with an insidious cult of bee worshippers. Now, he faces his most terrifying role yet: himself.

In one of our most anticipated films of 2022, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, Cage (Cage) is having a hard time finding roles. To make ends meet, he takes on a lucrative gig playing an exaggerated version of himself for wealthy superfan Javi (Pedro Pascal). Their bond takes a dangerous turn when a CIA agent (Tiffany Haddish) tells Cage that Javi is a criminal and enlists his help to take him down. Cage will have to channel every one of his crazy past characters in order to bring Javi to justice and live to Cage another day.

Nicolas Cage is truly a man, a myth, and a legend

Following its World Premiere at SXSW, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent hits theaters Apr. 22.

Our first look at “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” teased the broad strokes of the plot for the must-watch Nicolas Cage movie, with Cage’s agent (played by Neil Patrick Harris) dropping the news of a $1 million offer to attend a billionaire and Nicolas Cage super-fan’s extravagant birthday party. What could possibly go wrong, right? Apparently, a lot. Portrayed by Pedro Pascal, the mysterious Javi turns out to be a dangerous drug kingpin and probably the last person that the naïve Cage ought to be hanging around with. Things go from bad to worse once the U.S. government recruits Cage into serving as a double agent of sorts, putting his acting abilities to the test in the highest stakes story he’s ever encountered.

Now more than ever, I feel the absence of the excellent comedy series “Community” all too sharply — and especially the Nicolas Cage-obsessed Abed (Danny Pudi). If Cage’s filmography as of the season 5 episode “Introduction to Teaching” in 2014 was enough to send Abed into a full-blown meltdown over whether the enigma of an actor ought to be considered “good” or “bad,” then we can only imagine how would he would have reacted upon seeing the news that Cage is now attached to play Dracula in the upcoming “Renfield,” the actor’s shockingly moving performance in last year’s “Pig,” or, on the exact opposite end of the spectrum, his gloriously meta role as, you guessed it, himself in the upcoming “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.”

The film is scheduled to be released on April 22, 2022.

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