Nicolas Cage is Left Behind in New Trailer

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Nicolas Cage is Left Behind in New Trailer

It's the end of the world, and The Cage feels fine

The financial difficulties that began driving Nicolas Cage, for a time one of Hollywood's top box-office stars, to seemingly agree to damn near any role that was offered don't appear to have subsided. Today's new trailer confirms that what previously sounded like an elaborate joke is in fact a real thing: Cage is indeed starring in the new reboot of the Left Behind franchise, based on a series of religious future-fiction novels published between 1995 and 2007 that previously inspired a pair of low-budget Kirk Cameron features.

The story takes place in the aftermath of The Rapture, a kind of "pre-apocalypse" that some Christian sects believe will precede the end of the world. All at once, everyone on Earth whose souls are already in good standing gets preemptively zapped up to Heaven with the sinners left to suffer through the chaos of The End Times. Cage has the lead role of Rayford Steele, a pilot among the Left Behind who becomes leader of The Tribulation Force; a team of post-Rapture converts to Christianity who unite to battle a rising evil religion called The Global Community, led by The AntiChrist Nicolae Carpathia. These are all the actual names of people and things that appear in these books.

There are 16 books in the Left Behind series, which made headlines as a surprise New York Times best-seller in its heyday. Though popular, the series was widely panned by critics and drew heavy condemnation for plot elements that some saw as anti-semitic or attacks on Buddhism, Hinduism and pantheism. Its version of End Times theology was also criticized by Biblical scholars and religious leaders - The Rapture is an "extrabiblical" concept mainly popular among specific subsets of American fundamentalism.

Much of the film's supporting cast is said to have signed on for sequels, though it's not clear if Cage is among them. The film is scheduled for release on October 3rd.

Source: EW

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This would be sad if I had ever thought he was a good actor.

Seriously? Someone got funding for a reboot of fucking left behind? I remember watching diamanda hagan's reviews of the originals!

Did someone decide that religion films were big at the moment? Y'know, that's probably what it is, isn't it? Some executive saw "God's not dead" and "Darkest dungeons" go viral and assumed it was because someone wanted more of those kinds of movies.

This role he's in makes me think we will get the serious and/or morose Cage which is the no fun Cage in my opinion. Casting Cage as the anti christ on the other hand would be the better choice since we could get batshit insane Cage instead.

When I was a young Christian a few years ago, I had the naive belief that any book in a Christian book store must be a good thing to read right?

Left Behind was the series to rid me of this fantasy. It's literally a series about explaining why all the people the authors hate won't go to heaven and why they don't deserve too. It's about as loving and forgiving as a twitter feud between Kim Jong-un and Magneto.

And you'd never expect the writing in a christian bookstore book to be good (Sturgeons Law and all)... but we're talking My Immortal here. The reason the protagonist is Raymond Steele is because they're an author insert and so they have to be cool and manly and you don't get cooler than Raymond Steele right?

The thing that best sums this all up is a line where a nurse explains that she's sad all the babies have miraculously disappeared from the earth, because now she can't perform any more abortions.

There's a reason why Left Behind ain't scripture folks.

My one hope is that Nicholas Cage goes supernova in this, concentrating so much Nicholas Cagey-ness into one scene that the density of wackyness creates a nuclear reaction that rips this film to shreds. This is all set to be the world's greatest disasterpiece and there's only one man good enough for the job.

I'd rather see a movie set in the post-Rapture world we saw in that one episode of American Dad...

Let's hope they change the way the books don't have people all that shocked and traumatized about all the world's children disappearing. I found the first book in the library where I live, and you won't believe how little people seem to care about that sort of thing. I feel pretty sure the people that wrote this book have never met actual human beings.

I like the part of the trailer where a woman says 'The god my Mother talked about would NEVER do something like this!'. It's as if she doesn't know about children with cancer, world hunger or AIDS. Unless she's actually talking about those things, which I doubt is the case in a christian movie.

Too bad, Left Behind is the official hallmark of being a bottom of the barrel actor. He may not have been a good actor, but by god was he an entertaining one. I just hope the results are as camp as they should be with him on board, since we know it's going to be terrible just by the fact it's a movie based on Left Behind, a series which exists only because publishers know which idiots will by anything with a cross on it.

Those books shouldn't exist, the story isn't worth the paper its printed on. Hell, digital copies aren't worth the tiny memory space they take.

Hollywood: Wait, fundies will pay out the rear for terrible stuff. Reboots are big. I HAVE AN IDEA!

MCerberus:
Hollywood: Wait, fundies will pay out the rear for terrible stuff. Reboots are big. I HAVE AN IDEA!

Right, just pander to the right which is kinda funny since the religious right hates hollywood.

synobal:

MCerberus:
Hollywood: Wait, fundies will pay out the rear for terrible stuff. Reboots are big. I HAVE AN IDEA!

Right, just pander to the right which is kinda funny since the religious right hates hollywood.

To be fair, Hollywood hates the right. Hollywood also, however, hates the left. They especially hate children and millennials. Because vomiting out terrible THINGS that only exist to extort money out of your pocket AKA pandering, is a pretty clear sign that someone hates you.

MCerberus:

synobal:

MCerberus:
Hollywood: Wait, fundies will pay out the rear for terrible stuff. Reboots are big. I HAVE AN IDEA!

Right, just pander to the right which is kinda funny since the religious right hates hollywood.

To be fair, Hollywood hates the right. Hollywood also, however, hates the left. They especially hate children and millennials. Because vomiting out terrible THINGS that only exist to extort money out of your pocket AKA pandering, is a pretty clear sign that someone hates you.

Here I was thinking it was a clear sign that they loved money.

synobal:

MCerberus:

synobal:

Right, just pander to the right which is kinda funny since the religious right hates hollywood.

To be fair, Hollywood hates the right. Hollywood also, however, hates the left. They especially hate children and millennials. Because vomiting out terrible THINGS that only exist to extort money out of your pocket AKA pandering, is a pretty clear sign that someone hates you.

Here I was thinking it was a clear sign that they loved money.

It's both really, kind of like someone who acts like a jerk to pick up women for sex. They like sex, but they have issues that lead to them hating and seeing women as objects.

BrotherRool:
My one hope is that Nicholas Cage goes supernova in this, concentrating so much Nicholas Cagey-ness into one seen that the density of wackyness creates a nuclear reaction that rips this film to shreds. This is all set to be the world's greatest disasterpiece and there's only one man good enough for the job.

That's what I'm hoping for too. You know, some funny quotes or a gif of Cage freaking out about the Rapture, something we can get a laugh out of for a few months after the movie gets released.

Awesome. I loved the Left Behind movies, and now they're rebooting them with Nicolas Cage? Sign me the fuck up!

Man, I hope Kirk Cameron is in these somehow for maximum cheese. I know you can't plan these things, but if it's terrible enough can this somehow become the new midnight movie sensation after The Room? So. Excited.

Cage I usually wouldn't normally say this given your recent track record but, you can do better.

Raziel:
This would be sad if I had ever thought he was a good actor.

Zontar:
He may not have been a good actor, but by god was he an entertaining one.

digital warrior:
Cage I usually wouldn't normally say this given your recent track record but, you can do better.

I would suggest you guys give the movie Joe a chance. I'm surprised MovieBob didn't do a review of this.

Cage can be pretty good.

This really saddens me because despite what everyone might say Nicholas Cage is actually a really good actor that picks TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE movies.

MovieBob:
Much of the film's supporting cast is said to have signed on for sequels, though it's not clear if Cage is among them.

I think we all know where to put our money on this.

OT: Sold. Already hyped, excited, bought the tickets, invited a friend. This is going to be amazing.

Cage will do anything for money, hope this ain't too sucky I really like the guy, but he just makes 90% crap.

When I saw the name of this movie, I thought it was about The Last of Us and its DLC as a movie.

I feel like the parody (This Is the End) has already come out and been successful before the actual movie.

Man I feel bad. I almost want to start up a collection for the guy. I'm just hopping this is a Neddard Stark, "I just died to prove shit just got real. Now let me cash my check and slink off so I can pretend I wasn't here." role.

On second thought, this film DOES open on my birthday. Could Nicholas Cage as the Anti-Christ be the crazy-eyed gift that keeps on giving? That i'd be tempted to pay to see.

Shouldn't a good man be part of the Rapture? He should, right?
Yes.
Yep, yep, yep, yep.
Unless, of course, it's somehow been somehow misfiled.
Misfiled?
Yes, misfiled. Sometimes somebody puts a soul in the wrong file and it's misfiled. It makes it much harder to find.
Who? Who? Who do you mean, who? How could somebody MISFILE something? What could be easier? It's all alphabetical. You just PUT it IN the right file! According to ALPHABETICAL ORDER! You know - A, B, C, D, E, F, G!
Rayford...
H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P!
Rayford...
Q, R, S, T, U, V!
Oh Rayford...
W, X, Y, Z! Huh? That's ALL you have to DO!
Very good, you know your alphabet.
I never misfiled ANYTHING! Not ONCE, not ONE TIME! I wanna know WHO DID!
I cannot possibly tell you that!
You can't?
No, I can't.
Huh - and you call yourself a psychiatrist.

That and...

Am I getting THROUGH to you, God!

...would get me over the line. To this day I can't tell if Cage is a genius or a trainwreck, possibly he is both

"These Christian groups are always up to some kind of bullshit. They're either trying to sneak Terry Chavo a Happy Meal, or going off about 'SpongeBob is gay!' Sponge Bob is a sponge. Obviously, transsexual. They're so busy all the time. I'm like, shouldn't you be preparing for the rapture? Aren't you supposed to be leaving soon?"
-Margaret Cho

Jesus H. Cage.

Though it would be funny if Ghost Rider turnedup to fight Jesus.

The. Fuck.

Not only are they making this tripe but its a reboot?

At least there'll be some half decent meme fodder from it.

Does Nick Cage play the Antichrist?

Because that would be the greatest movie ever, Nick Cage as the Antichrist.

Heh, I remember watching the first movie with my christian fundie father a few years ago.... yeah, even some huge nostalgia goggles won't block out the mountains of shit that that movie threw at me.

Now, I'm almost a 100% that I'm going to enjoy this movie in a very, very ironic fashion. I mean, it's perfect!!! We got Nicolas Cage playing in an adaptation of a christian fundamentalist book. What is there not to enjoy???!!!

On the upside, if it's adapted for modern audiences then maybe this version will have less brazen misogyny and less of a flaming douchebag for a hero.

Maybe they'll also stop using the "atheism = stupidity" for a writing crutch every time they want someone to make an obvious mistake.

Also why does everyone seem to think Cage is a bad actor?

Did nobody see City of Angels or Face-Off?

Or Leaving Las Vegas , The Rock , Con Air (no high cinema but fun), Adaptation , Mother Fking Kick-Ass!!.

The guy can be an amazing actor, I feel like people like him need someone who will guide them into the right kind of movies. What he does he does better than anyone else, he just needs to get the right spots and he shines.

"OH, NO! NOT THE RAPTURE! NOT THE RAPTURE! AAAAAHHHHH! OH, IT'S IN MY EYES! MY EYES! AAAAHHHHH! AAAAAGGHHH!"

BrotherRool:

The thing that best sums this all up is a line where a nurse explains that she's sad all the babies have miraculously disappeared from the earth, because now she can't perform any more abortions.

._.

I had heard the series was bad, but WOW, that is wrong on so many levels. Also, once the baby is out of the hole, it isn't really abortion anymore. >_>

Did the series ever explain what happened to the unborn babies during the Rapture? Did they get Left Behind?

Also, why did all the clothes neatly fold themselves up. Was GOD really so concerned about leaving everything behind in a tidy pile when he seems utterly unconcerned if the PLANE was going to crash or not?

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