BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
With the fall season having finally arrived, Hollywood is picking up the pace and three new flicks hitting the screen this weekend - including another much-anticipated David Fincher-directed adaptation of a best-seller. This week we’ve got girls going gone, dolls getting crazy and people being left behind.
There are few things for an entertainment journalist more weirdly exciting than getting a quote on a movie poster. The notification email brings with it a rush of weird emotions including but not limited to happiness, pride, nervousness and uncomfort at the weird ethical gray area between critic and marketing aide. Many of us have felt it before, and now, we can add a new brother-in-arms: Satan.
Remember how we told you there were “Nic Cage” movies, and then there were “Nicolas Cage” movies? Well, that knowledge is going to come into practice now, as we've landed the new trailer for the latest Nic Cage film, Left Behind. Yes, it's based on the same books the Kirk Cameron ones were, but don't let that fool you. Judging by the look we've gotten in this trailer, we've got a good feeling that this is going to be something, well, rapturous.
The producers of the latest in this epic saga have been sharing bits and pieces of the latest, and most mainstream Left Behind movie to date on Facebook, and they’ve just posted a short snippet of footage as well as a behind-the-scenes clip. The scene shows Cage as pilot Rayford Steele (RAYFORD STEELE!) with his daughter, played by Nicky Whelan, discussing how his wife left him for another man, than man being Jesus.
Left Behind, which is based on the first of many novels in the mega-popular series from authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, centers on a group of people left on Earth after millions of others simultaneously vanish. It’s interesting that the Variety article makes zero mention of this story's religious nature, which is odd considering it’s about the Rapture.
Cage will play Ray Steele, a neglectful dad and pilot who finds God too late and so forms the Tribulation Force to cope with the coming carnage. Tisdale will play his daughter Chloe, who has also been left behind and is a founding member of the Force.
The pieces are quickly falling into place for the upcoming "mainstream" adaptation of Christian rapture book series Left Behind. Earlier today we learned that Nicolas Cage has been selected to star as the lead in the movie (because sure, why not) and now the project has found its director. New reports have surfaced saying that Vic Armstrong, who has been working in the stunt department on Hollywood films since the 1960s, is now in talks to helm the adaptation.
Nicolas Cage, the Oscar winner and famous crazy person, has spent a solid 10 years of his career being completely unpredictable, taking on only the movies that seemed the most unlikely, the wildest, the most doomed for obscurity if it weren't for his name attached. But I truly, truly don't think he's ever surprised us as deeply as he has today
In 2001 the Left Behind franchise made its way to the movies, with Kirk Cameron starring in three films that were primarily viewed on VHS and DVD (the first got a theatrical release that netted almost no money). The movies were made on the cheap and were seen almost exclusively by Christian audiences, but of course, that really didn't matter