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Nicolas Cage Teases Acting Retirement in ‘Three or Four Years,’ Wants to Become a Director

Cage only has one directorial feature to his name, the 2002 drama "Sonny," but he plans to change that during the next phase of his career.

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Nicolas Cage isn’t going to be acting forever. Speaking to The Blast (via Complex), Cage revealed that he plans to retire from onscreen acting in “three or four years” because he wants to focus exclusively on directing in the next phase of his career.

“Directing is something I look forward to down the road,” Cage said. “Right now, I’m primarily a film performer and I’m gonna continue doing that for three or four more years and I’d like to focus more on directing.”

Cage only has one feature directorial effort under his belt, the 2002 crime drama “Sonny.” The movie featured Cage in a cameo appearance and starred a young James Franco in the titular role. Harry Dean Stanton and Mena Suvari appeared in the supporting cast. “Sonny” tells the story of a discharged solider who returns home to New Orleans and tries to break away from his life as a trained prostitute.

Cage has not announced any future directing projects at the moment. He’ll be heading to the Cannes Film Festival next month with “Mandy,” the Panos Cosmatos-directed horror film that earned acclaim at Sundance and will screen in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar. Some of the actor’s most notable recent roles include “Dog Eat Dog” and the horror-comedy “Mom and Dad,” which hit theaters earlier this year.

When Cage does finally retire from acting, he’ll leave behind a career that dates back to 1982 when he made his debut in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” The actor’s best known work includes “The Rock,” “Face/Off,” “Con Air,” and his Oscar-winning turn in “Leaving Las Vegas,” IndieWire has reached out to Cage’s representatives for further comment.

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