By our guest blogger, Matt Jussim
With films like "Drive Angry," "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and "Ghost Rider" out there, it's hard for some people to remember that Nicolas Cage can actually act.
I don't knock a guy for trying to make a living, but for too long, Cage has made a joke of himself by choosing crap and thus making many forget his great work in "Leaving Las Vegas," for which he won an Oscar for Best Actor, and "Adaptation," for which he was nominated for Best Actor.
I still argue that the man can act, but he seems more interested in run-of-the-mill action movies. One of his next projects just got a leading lady added to it.
According to Reuters, Malin Akerman ("Watchmen") is in negotiations to join the kidnapping thriller "Medallion."
Cage plays a former master thief who has only a few hours to find his daughter when she is kidnapped and locked in the trunk of a New York taxi cab. Akerman will play Cage's former girlfriend and a former bank robber who agrees to help him save his daughter.
The movie has a sort of "Taken" sound to it, which isn't a bad thing. If anyone has shown how to do a quality action movie as a middle-aged white dude, it's Liam Neeson, so maybe Cage should take a few pointers. Either way, adding Ackerman is a solid move.
While I thought she was a bit stiff in "Watchmen," she showed off her action skills and while this isn't a comedy, she has shown off her comedic chops in the past, which proves she has at least some range when it comes to her talents. She's also not too bad looking either, which obviously doesn’t hurt.
Cage teams up with his "Con Air" director Simon West for this film, which will start shooing later this month.