Nicolas Cage is Al Capone in The Untouchables Prequel

Well it may sound like a joke, but alas, it is not. Nicolas Cage is reportedly confirmed to have signed on for the role of infamous mobster Al Capone in Brian DePalma’s prequel to his 1987 classic The Untouchables. There are a lot of people who think DePalma should stay far away from this prequel for fear of tainting the original, and this is only going to make them even more apprehensive about the project. You should recall that Capone was portrayed by the talented Robert DeNiro in the first Untouchables movie; to even think that Nicolas Cage could measure up with his performance is a pretty foolhardy claim indeed. The thing that is most worrisome, however, is the fact that the prequel will focus almost entirely on Capone himself: the damn thing is tentatively called The Untouchables: Capone Rising. Cage and DePalma previously worked together on Snake Eyes, a visually creative flick that was not particularly well-liked by critics. All I can say is Cage desperately needs another solid performance to complement his current string of stinkers, and considering how terrible he is at playing the bad guy, this movie isn’t going to be doing him any favours.

  • Yeah, this isn’t going to help his career and it’s also not going to help the movie any. I have nearly lost all hope for Cage.

  • Chopper Sr.

    i am a huge fan of Cage, and i would like to see him pull this role off. i am not happy that they have to call it a prequel to The Untouchables, that is lame. i mean do the movie but call it Capone, simple but right.

  • Henrik

    Nicolas Cage is as talented as Robert De Niro. As for stinkers, I still think Cage has some way to go to reach the amount that De Niro himself has amassed.

    Nicolas Cage is one of the actors that would make me interested in a movie like this. If there is one thing you can say about him, it’s that he never phones it in. You may not agree with his choices in his roles, but he consistently tries to bring something to whatever lame cliché’d archetype he has to play. I appreciate and admire that.

    As for him being terrible at playing the bad guy? I thought he was pretty wacky in Face/Off and did a good job there. I can’t really recall any other movies where he played a bad guy.

  • joe

    Nic Cage is one of the few actors out there that is able to make any movie he wants and have it not affect his career.

  • He was pretty bad in Con-Air.

    I don’t know, I’ve defended Nic Cage before so I do like him in certain roles, and I agree that DeNiro has done some bad shit too, but this was before he did a lot of that bad shit. I still can’t see it working personally.

  • bunyan 10

    Cameron, DePalma, Lucas —you name it
    -one and all are as good as covering for
    the direct heirs of the most awesomely
    genocidal regime in ALLL human history
    —across the Pacific!

    And remember, they know —and they haven’t
    needed the money —in decades!

    —Sic em’ boys!

  • this movie is gonna be lame as fuck gay