Are you ready for Nicolas Cage in a western? He’s set to tackle the genre for the first time in The Old Way.

Nicolas Cage has pretty much done it all. From Oscar-winning leading man turns to turning up in straight-to-DVD fare, he’s run the gamut of acting performances, including playing himself this year in The Unbearable Weight Of Talent. But you know what? He’s never starred in a western. Yep, that fact made our jaw drop a little too.

That oversight is about to be corrected however with the announcement that Cage has signed up to star in The Old Way. It’s a western that will see Cage play ‘Colton Briggs, a former gunslinger who now runs a general store and lives quietly with his family. But when a gang of outlaws murders his wife in cold blood, Briggs returns home to find his world burning. He unearths his sidearm and saddles up with an unlikely partner: his 12-year-old daughter.’

The actor had this to say about the role being his first foray into The Old West: “After 43 years in cinema, I’m only now being invited to the important and storied genre of the Western with both The Old Way and Butcher’s Crossing. Being born and raised in the West, this is another good match and long overdue. I’m excited and compelled by the complex characters of both Briggs and Miller, and to find new ground to play at 57 is indeed galvanising.”

Butcher’s Crossing is another film that Cage is attached to that is currently in pre-production. It’s described as ‘a frontier epic about an Ivy League drop-out as he travels to the Colorado wilderness, where he joins a team of buffalo hunters on a journey that puts his life and sanity at risk.’

Of course, any film that puts the sanity of Cage’s character at risk is welcomed by us, so we look forward to that one too. We’ll let you know about both projects as we hear more.

The Hollywood Reporter

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