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Nicolas Cage teams with 'Donnie Darko' director for 'Amicus'
This could get interesting.
The increasingly eccentric Nicolas Cage is teaming with "Donnie Darko" writer-director Richard Kelly for the upcoming the thriller "Amicus."
The film is based on the true life story of Lawrence Horn, a Motown Records executive who hired a hit man named James Perry to murder his family in order to reap the insurance money. Horn was allegedly inspired by the book "Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors," and the victims' families went filed a class-action lawsuit against the the book's publisher, publisher Paladin Press.
Cage will play Rodney Smolla, the well-regarded First Amendment lawyer who took part in the strange case, reports Variety. Horn, meanwhile, has been serving a life sentence since his 1995 trial.
Kelly, who followed up the cult hit "Donnie" with the flops "Southland Tales" and "The Box," will also produce the film along with Laura Bickford ("Traffic") and Mike Nilon.
"Amicus" will start shooting in January in Atlanta.
At one point, Kelly was attached to direct the 2009 Cage starrer "Knowing," but the gig eventually went to Alex Proyas ("The Crow") instead.
Cage is currently starring in "Stolen," and will soon be seen in "Frozen Ground."