You can say Nicolas Cage sometimes makes bad movies, but you can’t deny that his choices are always interesting. For his next role, Cage is poised to play a regular guy—a Colorado construction worker to be precise—who takes it upon himself to find Osama Bin Laden. No, this isn’t some high-concept comedy dreamt up by an ambitious screenwriter, it’s a true story. The film, titled Army of One, is based on the real-life account of Gary Faulkner, who went so far as to try to sneak into Pakistan and Afghanistan multiple times. Moreover, the movie has Borat and The Dictator director Larry Charles onboard to helm.
Per a press release, Cage is set to lead the satirical comedy Army of One for Endgame Entertainment and Conde Nast Entertainment. Harvey and Bob Weinstein have struck a preemptive deal for North American rights to the project through their new TWC-Dimension Label, and the film has a script by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph (Draft Day), though it’s described as “semi-scripted” in keeping with Charles’ previous projects.
Production on the picture is aiming to begin by the end of March, with the plan to have the film in theaters by the end of the year. This is certainly an oddball role for Cage to play around with, but Charles’ involvement gives the film a bit more prestige than something like, say, Left Behind. The filmmaker first came to prominence on Seinfeld before directing the Sacha Baron Cohen comedies Borat, The Dictator, and Bruno. Most recently he served as director on the upcoming FX sitcom The Comedians, starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad.