Cage Close to 'Capone' Role

Nicolas Cage is in talks to star in "The Untouchables: Capone Rising" for Brian DePalma.

Variety rushed to confirm the Cage casting story after MTV News ran with it over the weekend. To be fair, Zap2it reported DePalma's desire to cast Cage last September, not that we yearn for credit.

Negotiations with Cage are far from a done deal.

The "Capone Rising" script, by Brian Koppleman and David Levien ("Rounders"), focuses on the events before DePalma's blockbuster "The Untouchables," specifically the interactions between Chicago mob boss Al Capone and police detective Jimmy Malone.

While promoting "The Black Dahlia" last fall, DePalma spoke to his desire to reunite the "Snake Eyes" star Cage and also mentioned the potential difficulties of casting Malone, a role that won Sean Connery an Oscar in the first film. At the time, Colin Farrell's name was mentioned and the director did nothing to contradict the possibility.

The trade paper says that "Capone Rising" will be distributed by Paramount and that its $70 million budget would come courtesy of Relativity Media.

Cage's spring has been a mixed bag. "Ghost Rider" was a savaged by critics, but still performed well at the box office. "Next" was savaged by critics and tanked. The "Leaving Las Vegas" Oscar winner is currently shooting the sequel "National Treasure: Book of Secrets."

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