I’m an unapologetic fan of Nicolas Cage. He’s every bit as fascinating as his schizophrenic career and his infamously over-the-top performances. So with that in mind, I’m uncertain about how his new film The Runner will ultimately pan out, even after watching its first trailer. In writer-director Austin Stark’s R-rated drama, Cage plays idealistic Louisiana politician, Colin Price, who finds his personal and political life in turmoil thanks to a sex scandal. In the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill, Price finds an opportunity to turn his life around by standing up for the people he represents.
Here’s the thing, this apparent mash-up of House of Cards meets Treme could actually be a compelling story … if the acting, directing, and editing all come together. This first look at the film leaves me undecided as to whether or not Cage is going full Cajun (Cage’n?), or if he’ll be able to restrain himself enough to allow his character to keep his cool. If he keeps his shit together there’s every possibility he could turn in a performance that perfectly captures the highs and lows of American political careers. If he doesn’t, well then we can add another fantastic installment of Cage quotes and clips to the list. Either way, we win.
Also starring Connie Nielsen, Sarah Paulson and Peter Fonda, The Runner will debut in theaters and on iTunes starting August 7th. Watch The Runner trailer below (via Apple):
Check out the official synopsis for The Runner below:
In the aftermath of the BP oil spill, an idealistic but imperfect New Orleans politician (Nicolas Cage) finds his plans of restoration unraveling as his own life becomes contaminated with corruption, scandal and deceit. Directed and written by Austin Stark, the film includes dynamic performances by Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas), Golden Globe® and Emmy® award nominee Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story), Connie Nielsen (Gladiator), Wendell Pierce (The Wire), Bryan Batt (Mad Men) and Golden Globe® winner Peter Fonda (Easy Rider).