As much as I couldn't picture Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman as a married couple, I was quite curious to see the duo ham it up together in Joel Schumacher's next film, Trespass, in which they were to play a husband and wife taken hostage. I looked forward to the marketing tied to the "Nic & Nic" concept, if nothing else. Unfortunately, those two names will not share a poster, at least not for Trespass, which Cage abruptly and mysteriously backed out of late last week, according to Deadline.
This exit comes at no worse time than a mere two weeks before the film was to start shooting in New Orleans. All that was known immediately was that Cage fled to the Bahamas and couldn't be contacted by the production. Apparently the actor had already altered the dynamic of the film by recasting himself as the leader of the kidnappers, leaving the husband role open to potentially go to Liev Schreiber.
The assumption is Cage quit due to exhaustion after a heavy work load, including the lengthy press tour for The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Or, maybe he just saw Schumacher's latest, Twelve? Nah, Cage hasn't had a problem working with lesser directing talent before. Besides, he'd worked with the filmmaker before, on 8MM. So it has to be that "promotion sickness" he's displayed on talk shows and collected in the montage we shared last week.
Are you disappointed he's out of Trespass? Who could fill his shoes? Maybe Colin Farrell? Do you worry that he'll one day be so burned out that we won't get to National Treasure 5 (aka National Treasure: Pentagon)?