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We’re big fans of Nic Cage here. Why wouldn’t we be? The sheer unpredictability of his career has made him one of the most fascinating actors out there, and his latest project, Mandy, is the type of movie that the world’s greatest actor is perfect for.
Mandy sees our man pair up with director Panos Cosmatos (Behind The Black Rainbow) for a psychedelic revenge thriller. The story follows a grieving man (Cage, obviously) as he pursues the deranged cultists who murdered the love of his life. Throw in a demonic motorcycle gang and Cage wielding a chainsaw, and what you have is a recipe for much chaos and success.
The film, which premiered to rave reviews at Sundance and currently enjoys an impressive 100% Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, has been acquired by RLJE Films. They plan to release the film in theaters this summer.
“The best reviewed movie at Sundance is also one of Cage’s most extraordinary performances, reinvigorating our love and appreciation of him,” said Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer at RLJE Films. “Panos’ is a truly visionary filmmaker and we are beyond excited to unleash Mandy to the masses.”
This year has marked somewhat of a renaissance for Cage. Recently he starred in Mom and Dad, a pitch-black horror comedy about a virus that causes parents to turn on their own offspring. Cage was in fine form and gave the type of performance you’d expect from him in a dark comedy about parents trying to murder their children. He thrives in movies that stray from a conventional path, and Mandy is definitely a film that’s in an island unto itself going by the reviews.
This also marks the long-awaited return of Cosmatos following his bold and wholly original debut, Beneath the Black Rainbow. I’m excited to see his take on an action-orientated movie, and I have no doubt in my mind that him and Cage will be a match made in heaven.