At this point, seeing Nicolas Cage in a low-budget movie where he is playing a totally whacky character is nothing new, but his latest effort looks to be a cut above the rest of his recent direct-to-video work. A new trailer for his upcoming comedy Army of One has been released and it is absolutely bonkers. What’s more is that the movie is based on a true story, or at least loosely based anyway.
Entertainment Weekly recently debuted the new trailer for Army of One, which features Nicolas Cage as Gary Faulkner, a man who received a message from God and decided to go hunt down Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan with a sword. The movie is being directed by Larry Charles, whose past credits include Borat and The Dictator. In case you aren’t already convinced this movie is something to consider checking out, here is the synopsis for Army of One.
“Gary Faulkner (Cage) is an ex-con, unemployed handyman, and modern day Don Quixote who receives a vision from God (Brand) telling him to capture Osama Bin Laden. Armed with only a single sword purchased from a home-shopping network, Gary travels to Pakistan to complete his mission. While on his quest, Gary encounters old friends back home in Colorado, the new friends he makes in Pakistan, the enemies he makes at the CIA – and even God and Osama themselves. Wendi McLendon-Covey, Rainn Wilson, and Paul Scheer also star in this hilarious tale of patriotism and one man’s quest for justice.”
In recent years Nicolas Cage has been taking on seemingly any project that comes his way, the majority of which wouldn’t be accused of being any good. That makes it easy to forget that he is an Academy Award winning actor. Not that Army of One looks like on Oscar worthy movie or anything, but Nicolas Cage definitely looks to be swinging for the fences this time around and isn’t just playing some version of himself like we often see. It may even seem a little strange that this movie isn’t getting some sort of theatrical release after seeing the trailer.
Outside of Nicolas Cage playing the lead in this bizarre real-life story, Army of One has a pretty promising cast. Wendi McLendon-Covey of Reno 911 fame is playing the female lead in the movie, which seems solid. Rainn Wilson (The Office), Will Sasso (Mad TV) and Paul Scheer (The League) are also set to star. Let us not forget to mention that Russell Brand is playing God, which seems oddly appropriate. Army of One is being released on November 4 digitally, with a DVD and Blu-Ray release set for Nov. 15. Be sure to check out the trailer for yourself below.