The Age of Nicolas Cage seems to be over, but the man just won’t quite. The actor has been jostling between projects like the reboot of Kirk Cameron’s Left Behind nobody needed, and some actually impressive work, like Joe. It’s difficult to say where The Humanity Bureau will fall, but a selling point for the new film seems to be the multiscreen format and virtual reality experience.
According to a press release, Cage will star in the sci-fi film The Humanity Bureau with Sarah Lind (Wolfcop), Jakob Davies (If I Stay), and Hugh Dillon (Syfy’s The Expanse) also in the cast. The film will be shot in the Barco Escape multiscreen, panoramic format, with some scenes shot in virtual reality. Star Trek Beyond and The Maze Runner were films shot and screened in this format for select theaters.
The Humanity Bureau will place Cage in a near future ravaged by the effects of global warming. The title refers to a government agency that exiles American citizens to a colony called New Eden if they are deemed unproductive to society. Cage’s character, Noah Kross, discovers something shady about their agency’s dealings and sets out to expose them.
The film is directed by Rob W. King and written by the equally relatively unknown Dave Schultz. Other than the subject matter, which Andre Relis of VMI Worldwide hopes will be poignant for audiences “given the current state of the world following the 2016 U.S. election,” the only real selling point so far is Cage, but his presence alone doesn’t always put butts in the seats.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Humanity Bureau:
The year is 2030. Global warming has wreaked havoc in parts of the American Midwest. In its attempt to take hold of the economic recession, a government agency called The Humanity Bureau exiles members of society deemed unproductive and banishes them to a colony known as New Eden. An ambitious and impartial caseworker Noah Kross (Cage) investigates a case appealed by a single mother (Lind) and her son (Davies). Knowing the unjust fate of the innocent boy, Kross sets off to save the lives of the mother and child and to expose the truth about The Humanity Bureau’s secrets once and for all.