Nicolas Cage may have been an action hero for a good chunk of his career, but he’s recently been going through an art binge of projects. Just now, we have a preview for Cage’s team-up with A24—Dream Scenario.
Check the trailer for Dream Scenario down here:
Here’s the official description of the film:
Nicolas Cage stars as Paul Matthews, a listless family man and tenured professor with an affinity for evolutionary biology and anxiety regarding his own anonymity. One day, he discovers he has begun to appear in other people’s dreams at an exponential rate. As in life, his presence in these dreams is banal and non-intrusive – he’s simply there, staring indifferently at the fantasies and nightmares of strangers. Nonetheless, he becomes an overnight celebrity, and is soon showered with the attention he has long been denied. But when Paul encounters a dreamer whose visions of him differ substantially from the norm, he finds himself grappling with the Faustian bargain of fame as his dream-selves start inexplicably becoming violent within their respective subconsciousnesses.
The film is directed by Kristoffer Borgli who had also directed the 2022 film Sick of Myself which also had something to do with a character grappling fame.
If anything, Dream Scenario does feel like two different Charlie Kaufman projects; one is Being John Malkovich which was about people invading other people’s (specifically John Malkovich) minds; and the other one is Adaptation., a 2002 meta film where Cage himself played Kaufman.
Though there have been arguments about Cage and his acting abilities, the new consensus seems to be that Cage is best when he’s allowed to really go all out with the material he’s given, and Dream Scenario looks to be one of those projects.
Watch out for Dream Scenario when it comes to cinemas on Nov. 10.