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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent Trailer: Are You Ready for Meta Cage?

‘Nick Cage’ greets ’Javi Gutierrez’ with a ’Palm Hold Fist’ salute as he arrives in Mallorca, Spain. Photo Credit: Katalin Vermes/Lionsgate; © 2021 Lionsgate

What can be said about Nicolas Cage that you haven’t already heard? The man is a living legend. Some would describe him as an Academy Award Winner (Leaving Las Vegas). Others might call him a hack. Regardless of your feelings toward the enigmatic actor, you have to give credit where it’s due. Whether that’s opposite Cher in Norman Jewison’s Moonstruck, battling Ed Harris with Sean Connery for the nation’s fate in The Rock, or as an ax-wielding widower out for revenge in Mandy, there’s a Nic Cage movie out there to satisfy even the harshest critic. This sentiment brings us to the exciting news that The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent trailer has dropped today.  

If you have no idea what The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is, then you’re probably not a big Nicolas Cage fan. The film was announced last year with the promise that Cage would be playing an exaggerated version of himself. The plot concerns Cage attempting to land a role in a Quentin Tarantino movie, cope with his strained relationship with his daughter (Lily Sheen), and find himself buried under an insurmountable pile of debt. Some portion of that seems to have translated to the trailer. But, the fun part will be Cage’s bond with eccentric Spanish billionaire Javi (The Mandalorian‘s Pedro Pascal), who offers Cage a million dollars to attend his birthday party at his Spanish villa. When Cage returns to the US, he’s approached by a CIA operative (Tiffany Haddish) who tells him that the billionaire is a drug kingpin. Recruited by the CIA, Cage will have to channel his most iconic roles and fulfill his destiny by taking on a once-in-a-lifetime role as Nicolas Cage.  

Nicolas Cage holds his left hand over his beard and his right hand on the wheel of a Jeep as he and Pedro PAscal drive through a bright forest area in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
‘Javi Gutierrez’ (Pedro Pascal, left) and ’Nick Cage’ (Nicolas Cage, right) zooming through the mountains of Mallorca, Spain. Photo Credit: Katalin Vermes/Lionsgate; © 2021 Lionsgate

You have to admit it’s a pretty far-out concept, but then again, Cage may have been prepared for the role from his portrayal of Charlie Kaufman in Adaptation. Charlie Kaufman wrote the script, and Cage starred as the writer, as well as the writer’s fictional twin brother, in a movie with the tagline “From the creator of Being John Malkovich, comes a story about the creator of Being John Malkovich.” Kaufman’s meta-approach earned Cage an Academy Award nomination for his efforts the last time, and who on Earth can play Nicolas Cage better than Nicolas Cage? I’m just saying. 

Also, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent‘s idea that Nicolas Cage gets to relive his greatest film roles is a fantastic idea. Some of the aforementioned roles don’t even begin to scratch the surface of the actor’s storied career. Kevin Etten and Tom Gormican, who both previously worked together on the Fox series Ghosted, wrote the film, and you have to wonder how deep the two have gone and if there will be any easter eggs for Cage filmography super-fans.

Cage also admitted recently to Collider’s Vinnie Mancuso that he would likely never see the finished product of The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, saying,  

It’s just too much of a whacked-out trip for me to go to a movie theater and watch me play Tom Gormican’s highly-neurotic, anxiety-ridden version of me. Because he kept pushing me in that direction. I said ‘Tom, that’s not really me. I’m really [made of] quiet, meditative, thoughtful moments. I’m not this neurotic, high-strung, anxiety-ridden guy all the time.’ But he said, ‘well, neurotic Cage is the best Cage.’ I said, ‘okay, okay. Let’s go, man. I’ll do what you want.’ I won’t see it. But I do hope you enjoy it.

This first teaser trailer includes some laugh-out-loud comedic pokes at the actor’s roles in The Croods 2, his money issues, and his over-the-top “Cage-Rage” acting style. The Red Band Trailer, (meaning it contains R-rated material) also provides some awkwardly funny jokes along the way. Both versions of the trailer showcase some of the other massively talented individuals joining Cage in his mock-biography with The Matrix Resurections Neil Patrick Harris, Game Night’s Sharon Horgan, and The Mindy Project’s Ike Barinholtz among the stellar cast. 

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent will arrive in theaters on April 22.

So what do you think of the trailer for The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent? Do you agree with Sean that only Nicolas Cage could play Nicolas Cage? Let us know in the comments! And if you’re looking for horror trailers, we’ve got you covered!

Written by Sean Parker

Sean lives just outside of Boston. He loves great concerts, all types of movies, video games, and all things nerd culture.

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