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Simon West’s “Medallion”, not to be confused with the 2003 Jackie Chan movie “The Medallion”, has found itself a new leading man. Nicolas Cage has officially signed on to star in the film, playing a father and former master thief who has just a few hours to find his daughter when she is kidnapped and locked in the trunk of a New York medallion taxi cab. You know, that old thing. Oh, New York. Not an easy feat, given that there are, like, a bazillion cabs in New York and such. People there really, really don’tlike driving, apparently.
Clive Owen and Jason Statham were attached to “Medallion” at one point or another, but it looks like the price was right for Cage. Then again, when has the price not been right for Cage? I’m just saying. Have you seen how awful his upcoming “Season of the Witch” looks? Cripes. I’ve never seen actor who is more hit-and-miss than Cage. When he misses, man, he misses big. When he hits — well, it’s a shocker, isn’t it?
Anyways, Simon West (“Tomb Raider”) is directing from a script by suddenly hot screenwriter David Guggenheim, who also wrote the upcoming Denzel Washington-Ryan Reynolds CIA actioner “Safe House”.