When we first heard that Nicolas Cage had signed on to star opposite Nicole Kidman in director Joel Schumacher’s Trespass, the general reaction wasn’t too positive due to the notably spotty track record of the three parties involved in recent years. Yet we tend to love Cage around these parts, warts and all. So it gives me no pleasure to pass along the news that Cage appears to have dropped out of the production just two weeks shy of the start date. Details after the jump.
Deadline reports that, following a grueling promotional tour for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Cage flew to the Bahamas late last week and has been out of contact ever since. Insiders suggest that Cage has no plans to return in time for the $35 million Louisiana production, though Millenium Films intends to maintain the schedule laid out and get Trespass in front of cameras before the end of the month. The studio has reportedly made an offer to Liev Schreiber to fill the role which he has yet to accept.
As Cage has so far been unavailable for comment, it is most sensible to treat this all as heresay. There is still time to iron out any wrinkles in the production — we may yet see Cage’s name across the top of a Trespass poster in the near future.
Trespass comes from a script by Karl Gajdusek and Eli Richbourg, and revolves around “a husband and wife taken hostage by four brutal perpetrators seeking easy cash. Complications ensue amid the unexpected discovery of betrayal and deception.”
Cage will next be seen in theaters in the revenge flick Drive Angry 3D, which opens February 11, 2011.