‘The Frozen Ground’ Trailer Finds Nicolas Cage Tracking A Killer [Video]

The first trailer for The Frozen Ground has surfaced online.

Written and directed by Scott Walker, the upcoming thriller finds Nicolas Cage on the hunt for a notorious serial killer. John Cusack, Vanessa Hudgens, and Radha Mitchell co-star in the flick.

Also on-board for the project are Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, the latter of whom will play a character named Pimp Clate Johnson. Curious parties can check things out on August 23.

The film follows Alaskan cop Jack Halcombe as he tracks down a serial killer who has prowled the streets of Anchorage for over 13 years. Halcombe teams up with a stripper (Hudgens) who somehow managed to escape from the murderer. Together they set out to track him down before he can kill again.

In a odd casting twist, John Cusack will portray the killer in The Frozen Ground. Cusack and Nicolas Cage previously worked together on the Simon West’s over-the-top action flick Con Air.

Although Scott Walker’s thriller is headed to theaters this August, the film has been in the proverbial can for quite a while. The Frozen Ground was originally slated to arrive in November of last year. However, the date was scrapped months before it was expected to debut.

The flick stirred up a bit of controversy last year when leaked footage featured Vanessa Hudgens dancing on a stripper pole. The controversial video soon disappeared from YouTube and other video-hosting sites, though screen captures of her saucy performance are still floating around.

The Frozen Ground isn’t the only risque role the High School Musical star took last year. The actress also starred in Harmony Korine’s neon-soaked crime drama Spring Breakers. The also featured Selena Gomez and James Franco.

The trailer for Scott Walker’s thriller is embedded below. Since there’s a bit of skin on display, viewer discretion is advised.

What do you think about the trailer for The Frozen Ground?