Nicolas Cage certainly isn’t afraid to stretch his legs, that’s for sure. Proving that he’s willing to star in just about anything that lands on his desk, Cage has reportedly signed on to play a guy who decides to track down Osama Bin Laden.
Larry Charles, the director behind Borat, is joining forces with the Ghost Rider star for the upcoming satire Army of One. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Nicolas Cage will tackle the role of a guy who decides to hunt down the notorious terrorist all by himself.
Charles’ latest comedy is very loosely based on the real-life adventures of construction worker Gary Faulkner (aka the Rocky Mountain Rambo). Instead of letting the military track down Bin Laden, Faulkner decided to head overseas to take matters into his own hands. This reportedly involved several attempts to cross over into Pakistan and Afghanistan. Not surprisingly, Faulkner never accomplished his mission.
Inspired by Gary’s determination and writer Chris Heath’s articles for GQ magazine, Charles decided to bring this admittedly odd tale to the big screen. And when you’re trying to make something a little left of center, it’s always good to have Nicolas Cage in your back pocket. In fact, TWC-Dimension seems eager to distribute the comedy.
Bob Weinstein seemed particularly excited about the project.
“For many years I’ve been a fan of Larry Charles, from his work on Seinfeld to Borat and Bruno and, most recently, The Dictator.”
Cage and Charles definitely have a bizarre story to share with the world. According to the Guardian, Faulkner decided to track down Osama Bin Laden armed with only a gun, night-vision goggles, and a “sword he’d bought on a home-shopping network.” What’s more, he firmly believed God was responsible for selecting him for this impossible mission.
“What this is about is the American people and the world. We can’t let people like this scare us. We don’t get scared by people like this. We scare them. And that’s what this is about.”
If you prefer to watch Nicolas Cage wield a funny accent while battling foes in ancient China, then director Nick Powell’s Outcast is probably more your speed. Coming Soon reports that the adventure will hit VOD on February 6. When you’ve properly steeled your nerves for cinematic awesomeness, have a look at the trailer below.
Are you excited to see Nicolas Cage track down Osama Bin Laden in Army of One?
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