There’s no denying that Nicolas Cage is something of an enigma. He’s arguably one of the best actors in Hollywood (there are arguments to be made for a lot of Cage’s acting choices, but that’s another article), and continuously relegates himself to starring roles in some of the – if not worst – most weirdly misguided projects possible. Many say it’s a result of Cage’s spending habits, which have landed him in deep trouble with the IRS on more than one occasion, but I don’t buy it.
Nicolas Cage is an Oscar-winning actor. A couple supporting roles here, a tour de force there, and he’s back on top where he belongs. Cage could be making beaucoup bucks starring in whatever Marvel movie will have him, but he insists on paying his debts with weird genre movies that get almost no visibility in the mainstream. Granted, not all of these movies are very good. For every Mandy or The Trust, there are three Outcast type projects, but I think he wants it that way. Anyone who’s willing to put that much of themselves into every performance, big or small, must get bored with “serious acting” after a certain point. If Cage wants to rage, he should be allowed to.
And really, do we have any right to complain? Cage’s willingness to dive face-first into the unknown has made for some truly fascinating work, and it almost makes one long for the days when a movie as batshit-bananas as Face/Off could get a $100 million dollar budget and a wide release.
But I digress. 2020 is shaping up to be another busy year for the actor, with six projects already in some stage of production. Among them is an interesting new horror flick from director Kevin Lewis called Wally’s Wonderland. It’ll be Lewis’ first film in more than a decade, courtesy of a screenplay by newcomer G.O. Parsons.
Cage stars alongside Emily Tosta (Mayans M.C.) and veteran character actor Beth Grant (Donnie Darko, Speed, No Country for Old Men), and the film even has a co-sign from Small Soldiers writer Adam Rifkin, who’s credited as an executive producer.
A synopsis from IMDb tells us:
A quiet drifter is tricked into a janitorial job at the now condemned Wally’s Wonderland. The mundane tasks suddenly become an all-out fight for survival against wave after wave of demonic animatronics. Fists fly, kicks land, titans clash — and only one side will make it out alive.
It’s looking like Wally’s Wonderland will play as some R-rated version of Five Nights at Freddy’s, with Cage’s janitor subbing in for Freddy’s security guard protagonist. Recently released images from the film reveal a similar style to the phantasmagorical hues of Mandy and Color Out of Space, a style that Cage seems to be vibing with quite a bit recently.
Director Kevin Lewis’ previous films don’t inspire much hope – two of his projects are rocking less than three stars on IMDb – but this is also the first time he’s directing from someone else’s screenplay, and the premise is reliable enough that as long as it’s violent and colorful, there’s not much he could do to screw it up. Having Cage on-board is half the battle, the guy can carry a movie like nobody’s business, but I think this one has the potential to become another cult hit in his expansive and increasingly bizarre filmography.
We’re looking forward to seeing a trailer, a clip, or any kind of footage from Wally’s Wonderland, which is set to debut sometime in 2020.
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