Nicolas Cage joins revenge thriller ‘Tokarev’

By Daniel S Levine,

Nicolas Cage has just joined Tokarev, a revenge action thriller that will be produced by indie studio Hannibal Classics and to be directed by Spanish director Paco Cabezas.

According to Variety, production on the project will start in May in Spokane, Washington. Hannibal is currently in Berlin, selling the film to international distributors.

Cage has been interested in the project for awhile, notes The Hollywood Reporter, even helping Hannibal find a director. They settled on Cabezas, who directed 2007’s The Appeared. At the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, he premiered Neon Flesh.

Producers on the film include Hannibal’s Richard Rionda Del Castro with North by Northwest Entertainment. Cage will serve as co-executive producer.

Tokarev was written by co-executive producers Jim Agnew and Sean Keller. The film is about a reformed criminal looking for the people who kidnapped his daughter, while realizing that escaping a violent life is not as easy as he thought.

“We worked very closely to find a director who would be a great storyteller and bring a unique vision to the film,” Del Castro explained to THR. “It was a lengthy process, and in the end, we believe we’ve found in Cabezas an extremely talented artist who will craft an excellent film.”

Del Castro and producer Patricia Eberle previously worked together on Step Up and Casino Jack.

Cage never slows down and has several films already in the pipeline for 2013, including The Frozen Ground, the animated The Croods, Joe and Outcast. He’s also rumored to be working on a third National Treasure.

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