Mike Figgis has tapped Nicolas Cage to star in his thriller “Exit 147,” THR reports. Written by Travis Milloy (“Pandorum”), the darkly humorous film follows Cage as a corrupt policeman who arrests a woman’s abusive partner, only to become entangled in a series of sick mind games. The film will weave various story strands with multiple characters.
“This is the kind of story that turns up once in a blue moon,” Higgis told THR of this “dream project for a small ensemble.” Figgis hasn’t had a film hit quite as hard since his “Leaving Las Vegas,” a deeply depressing story of a failed screenwriter (Cage, unhinged and sympathetic, won the Oscar that year) who meets a heart-of-gold prostitute (Elisabeth Shue, also nominated that year) on his way to rock bottom. Cage will soon be seen in Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden biopic opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
“Exit 147″ is produced by Lenny Beckerman of Uber Content, Adrian Politowski and Karl Richards of Umedia, Jason Michael Berman of Mandalay Pictures, and Cathy Schulman, who won the Best Picture Oscar for Paul Haggis’ “Crash.” Matthew Rhodes, and Annie Stewart will executive produce.