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Prisoners Of The Ghostland - What We Know So Far

Nicolas Cage has numerous eclectic films on his resume. He proved he wasn't afraid to get weird and wild with his movies back in the 1990s when he starred alongside John Travolta in "Face/Off," where the two actors swap faces. Most recently, the actor made waves with his drama "Pig" about a man who goes on a quest to find his stolen pig. He's not slowing down on the Cage-Naissance any time soon, as he's set to play his most bizarre character to date — himself in the upcoming "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent."

That's a lot of roles that you can only describe as "Cage-esque," which is why his comments on his next movie are so intriguing. When speaking about "Prisoners of the Ghostland," he mentioned how it "might be the wildest movie [he's] ever made" (via IndieWire). That's coming off the heels of him starring a movie where he battles a bunch of animal animatronics from a kids' birthday restaurant.

"Prisoners of the Ghostland" sounds like an exciting horror/thriller that should definitely be on your radar. Here's what we know about the upcoming project so far.

What's the release date for Prisoners of the Ghostland?

Some have been lucky enough to watch "Prisoners of the Ghostland" already. The film had its world debut at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival on January 31 (via Variety). Those who have seen it have largely sung the movie's praises, calling it a bizarre adventure, but one that more than holds your interest as you take in another absurd performance from Nic Cage. Thankfully, the rest of us won't have to wait too much longer to see another gonzo Nic Cage movie, as the studio has announced the film will become available in theaters on September 17, 2021.

If you're still on the fence about returning to movie theaters with the COVID-19 pandemic still raging, you're in luck. Bloody Disgusting reports that "Prisoners of the Ghostland" will also be available to view on VOD and digital HD platforms. That means you can purchase and watch it from the comfort of your own home, which is excellent if you have multiple people in your household who need to get their Cage fixes.

Who's in the cast for Prisoners of the Ghostland?

Nicolas Cage's presence in the film is more than enough for some, and some would describe his partnership with Japanese filmmaker Sion Sono as a match made in heaven. Variety has described Sono's career as "idiosyncratic," which could apply to Cage, too. But for the director's English-language debut, he's assembled a stellar supporting cast to back up Cage and the fascinating world he finds himself in this time.

Other actors you'll find in this movie include Sofia Boutella ("Kingsman: The Secret Service") as Bernice, Ed Skrein ("Alita: Battle Angel") in an undisclosed role, Nick Cassavetes ("Face/Off") as Psycho, Bill Moseley ("House of 1000 Corpses") as The Governor, and Tak Sakaguchi ("Re:Born") as Yasujiro. It's a talented cast, all of whom have ample experience in the horror and action genres, which undoubtedly helped them immensely with "Prisoners of the Ghostland." It sounds as though the movie will mash together several styles for a unique moviegoing experience.

What's the plot of Prisoners of the Ghostland?

Up until this point, you may have wondered what exactly makes "Prisoners of the Ghostland" any wilder than the rest of Nic Cage's movies. To turn you into a believer, here's an official synopsis published by Collider: "In the treacherous frontier city of Samurai Town, a ruthless bank robber (Cage) is sprung from jail by wealthy warlord The Governor (Moseley), whose adopted granddaughter Bernice (Boutella) has gone missing. The Governor offers the prisoner his freedom in exchange for retrieving the runaway. Strapped into a leather suit that will self-destruct within five days, the bandit sets off on a journey to find the young woman — and his own path to redemption."

There you have it. Nightmare worlds. Explosive get-ups. And evil curses. There will likely be a few surprises thrown into the mix as well, so make sure you go into this movie with an open mind and a willingness to accept anything. 2021 is proving to be a solid year for Cage. In addition to this film, he's also starred in "Willy's Wonderland" and "Pig." Of course, for most of us, the more Cage in our lives, the better.