Nicolas Cage Signs Up For His First-Ever Western

Nicolas Cage

During an eclectic career stretching over 40 years, Nicolas Cage has done it all. However, the actor continues to break ground, having just signed on to star in his first Western.

According to Deadline, the Academy Award winner will headline The Old Way. Brett Donowho is directing; he previously helmed the Bruce Willis film Acts of Violence. Cage will play Colton Briggs, an aging gunslinger retiring, wanting to manage a general store and enjoy a peaceful retirement with family.

When outlaws murder his wife, Briggs’ entire life falls to ruins. That is, until he unexpectedly partners with his 12 year-old daughter to seek revenge. A pretty standard setup for the genre, but the prospect of Cage preparing for a Western is enough to put The Old Way on the radar.

The 57-year-old is in the midst of a hot streak after tackling a number of wildly different, equally entertaining projects recently. In addition to the amusement park slasher Willy’s Wonderland, Pig became one of the star’s most acclaimed movies, and supernatural thriller Prisoners of the Ghostland is released next week; furthermore, the self-aware meta action comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent arrives next year.