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After popcorn features, Cage will ‘Vanish’ into indie territory

I don't question his talent (Adaptation), I question his film role choices (Ghost Rider). With The Wrestler (a film with that Darren Aronofsky might be lensing) up next, Variety reports the Nicolas Cage will make it back to back indie projects by taking the lead in Hany Abu-Assad's newest project for Focus Features.

Written by Larysa Kondracki and Eilis Kirwan, The Vanished concerns a father who goes in search of his college-aged American-born Muslim son, who's missing overseas.

Abu-Assad is of course the director behind Paradise Now, the  Oscar-nominated 2005 film giving a personal account of suicide bombers from Palestine. The Focus project will be produced by Noah Rosen and David Alpert of Circle of Confusion and Tracy Seward. Production is scheduled for the spring.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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