Nicolas Cage is … Magnum, P.I.?

As if you didn’t know it would happen, Hollywood is eyeing a big-screen movie version of the Magnum, P.I. TV show, and of course the first thing to do is cast Magnum himself. Which is pretty funny, as Tom Selleck still looks like Magnum and could probably still play Magnum without batting an eye and I don’t think anyone would think twice about going to see a Magnum movie with Selleck in the lead. But as we all know, Hollywood is not one for doing things the logical and sensible way, so a search for Magnum is now on. George Clooney was said to be in the running at one time, which is kind of strange, since isn’t Clooney only a few years younger than Selleck is now?

Anyhoo. The guys over at IGN believes they have a name for the frontrunner for the Magnum job: Nicolas Cage.

Oscar winner Nicolas Cage is rumored to be up for the title role in the long-gestating feature film adaptation of the 1980s TV series Magnum P.I., to be directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber.

Reports have circulated everywhere from Star Magazine and The Daily Express to MonstersAndCritics.com that Cage is considering playing Thomas Magnum, a role originated by Tom Selleck on TV, in the Universal movie.

According to The Daily Express, “Nicolas likes the mix of comedy and crime-solving in the script.” The paper also claims that the project fell apart 18 months ago when Ricky Gervais rejected the notion of playing Higgins to George Clooney’s Magnum.

The story goes that, should Cage sign on, casting will then commence for the role of Higgins, Magnum’s Brit sidekick. The film would reportedly be due out in 2009.

Cage as Magnum? Eh, I guess. It’s not like I’m married to the original show or to Selleck as Magnum or anything. I just find it silly that Hollywood isn’t even considering Selleck to return, that’s all.

Nicolas Cage is ... Magnum, P.I.