Movie News in 60 Seconds: Stealing Nicolas Cage’s Comic Book; Tom Hardy, Outlaw Biker; Stars Attracted to Cormac McCarthy’s Legal Tale

Movie News in 60 Seconds: Stealing Nicolas Cage’s Comic Book; Tom Hardy, Outlaw Biker; Stars Attracted to Cormac McCarthy’s Legal Tale

Mar 09, 2012

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Comic Book Caper: He is a huge comic book fan, and has played more than one comic book character, but the real-life story of Nicolas Cage has never inspired a comic-book heist comedy -- until now. Writers Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon have concocted Action No. 1, in which a group of nerds plots to steal a rare comic book from Cage. (In real life, the comic book was stolen in 2000 and not recovered for 11 years.) Cage, sadly, will not be playing himself. [The Hollywood Reporter]

A Hardy Biker: If he wasn’t serving as producer, it might sound like typecasting: Tom Hardy will play a violent motorcycle gang leader in 1969 San Francisco. His character is a wounded Vietnam veteran who returns home and decides not to embrace the peace and love culture that was flourishing at the time. Instead, he “emerges to become the leader of California’s most violent outlaw biker club.” [Showblitz]

Legal Early Birds: An intriguing trio is in early talks to join Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, based on an original script by Cormac McCarthy. Jeremy Renner, Javier Bardem, and Natalie Portman are possibilities to join Michael Fassbender, who will star in the tale of a lawyer who tries to dabble in the drug trade. The production is expected to get underway in less than two months. [Twitch]

Moonrise in France: Director Wes Anderson’s newest film, Moonrise Kingdom, will open the Cannes Film Festival on May 16. Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman star in the film, which is described as a “dark family comedy” set in New England in 1965. All the stars are expected to walk the red carpet in France. [Thompson on Hollywood]

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