Nicolas Cage, one of my favorite actors, is teaming up with Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly for the upcoming legal thriller Amicus, according to Cinema Blend. For many, the pairing is a match made in heaven; Richard Kelly makes weird movies, and Nicolas Cage plays weird characters. Why they haven’t teamed up until now is beyond comprehension.
Amicus, which Richard Kelly will write and direct, explores the peculiar true story of Lawrence Horn, a former music industry executive who plotted the murder of his wife and quadriplegic son in order to collect his disabled offspring’s $2 million trust. To get the job done, Horn hires hitman James Perry, who reads the book Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors in order to properly prepare for the situation at-hand.
Since the hitman used the aforementioned how-to guide to plot and execute a multiple murder, families of the victims decided to press charges against the book’s publisher, Paladin Press. Nicolas Cage will reportedly play Rodney Smolla, the First Amendment scholar hired to fight the case.
According to Variety, Richard Kelly’s next project was supposed to be Corpus Christi, though that project ultimately fell apart when the cast never came together. Because that project remains in development, it’s unclear whether or not the Nicolas Cage thriller Amicus will be his next endeavor.
The Ghost Rider actor is in seriously high demand these days. In addition to starring in Richard Kelly’s Amicus, the prolific actor is also rumored to be attached to The Expendables 3, National Treasure 3, and William Friedkin’s I Am Wrath. What’s more, Nicolas Cage is also slated to appear in Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall and Frozen Ground with John Cusack and Vanessa Hudgens.
Presently, it’s unknown when Nicolas Cage and Richard Kelly’s Amicus will head into production. The Con Air star’s Frozen Ground, meanwhile, is slated to arrive in theaters on November 30.