Nicolas Cage and Hereditary‘s Alex Wolff will star in indie movie Pig, per Collider. Writer-director Michael Sarnoski is at the helm. Cage will play a truffle hunter who lives alone in the wilderness of Oregon with his beloved pig. When the pig is kidnapped, he must journey into Portland, and his long-abandoned past, to recover her.
Sarnoski wrote the script, based on a story he co-wrote with Vanessa Block. The immediate question with any contemporary Cage movie is whether it’s actually good, or just another pay cheque to help him get out of debt. The presence of Wolff, a rising star, is comforting, although the plot does sound a little straight-to-DVD.
However, Cage may have turned a corner recently. He starred in Panos Cosmatos‘ bizarre Mandy, and he has a project with acclaimed Japanese auteur Sion Sono lined up called Prisoners Of The Ghostland. Richard Stanley‘s sci-fi thriller Color Out Of Space, based on the short story by H.P. Lovecraft, is also in development with Cage in a key role.
So maybe the debts are paid! Or perhaps filmmakers/studios have realised that Cage is still a great actor with name recognition to help sell their movie. The word-of-mouth success of Mandy certainly helped.
Wolff also has some great projects lined up. He co-stars in Bad Education alongside Hugh Jackman, which was the talk of TIFF and just sold to HBO. He’ll next be seen in Jumanji: The Next Level, and also has his directorial debut, The Cat And The Moon, hitting cinemas in October.