Season of the Uncaged: Nic’s Next Lead
Nicolas Cage must have a swollen adrenaline gland, if his recent film roles are anything to go by. In only the last two years he has played a ruthless hitman in Bangkok Dangerous, an insanely corrupt cop in Bad Lieutenant, knife-chucking nemesis to Kick-Ass, a spell-wielding maverick in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and next up with barely any need to change clothes, a 14th Century crusader in Season of the Witch. Let’s just hope director Dominic Sera doesn’t let him march off set, or who knows what pathological fury he might reap.
Set for release in early January, Cage will play ye olde warrior Behman, who returns with his comrade (Ron Perlman) to a homeland ripped apart by the Black Plague. In this dark climate of death and fear the beleaguered Church commands the two knights to transport an alleged witch (Claire For) to a distant abbey, where blessed monks will perform a ritual that might bring an end to the pestilence. Their mission is joined by a rag-tag bunch of fiery men, and so begins a journey that will be plagued (literally) by an unforgiving hostile landscape, CG wolves, and widespread contention over the accused witch.
It’s hard to say yet how impressive this will be. It is by no means fresh territory for recent cinema, even for Cage alone, but assuming this fearsome fairyish tale doesn’t attempt to be the next Wuthering Heights, Sera’s latest installment might well be worth looking out for. If nothing else, then for a healthy dose of eye-popping Cage-mania.