‘The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent’ Trailer: Nic Cage Takes On The Role Of A Lifetime…Playing Himself

Let’s be perfectly honest, there’s no chance that a movie in which Nicolas Cage takes on his greatest acting challenge, playing HIMSELF, needs a trailer. The premise sells itself and could go without any teaser at all. But here we are with footage from The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, and it looks appropriately bonkers.

Cage plays a fictionalized version of himself who, strapped for cash (as he was once in real life), takes on a gig working a dangerous drug lord’s birthday party. Only, Cage is secretly there undercover for the CIA, which makes hanging out with the superfan a little bit dicey, but also like a ton of fun by the looks of it.

The cast includes Pedro Pascal, Tiffany Haddish, Sharon Horgan, Neil Patrick Harris, and Lily Sheen. Jacob Scipio, Paco León, Alessandra Mastronardi, and Joanna Bobin. Tom Gormican directed from a script that he co-wrote. Not sure what he was on when he wrote it, but I want some.

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent world premieres at SXSW on March 12th, before arriving in theaters on April 22nd.

Creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, the fictionalized version of Cage must accept a $1 million offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous superfan. Things take a wildly unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative and forced to live up to his own legend, channeling his most iconic and beloved on-screen characters in order to save himself and his loved ones. With a career built for this very moment, the seminal award-winning actor must take on the role of a lifetime: Nicolas Cage.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.