Face/Off 2 director Adam Wingard provides an update of the film’s screenplay and star Nicolas Cage’s commitment to the sequel. In 1997, Cage starred as Castor Troy, a murderous kingpin in the John Woo action movie Face/Off. In an attempt to find the location of a nuclear bomb planted by Troy, relentless FBI Special Agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) undergoes an experimental procedure to swap faces with the criminal. However, Troy breaks free following the operation and assumes the life of Archer while the undercover Agent must find a way to take back his own identity.
Paramount Pictures officially announced the film in 2019, however, Wingard wasn’t brought on until February 2021. The Godzilla vs. Kong director previously shared his intention to make the movie as a direct sequel to the original film with a desire to bring back Cage and Travolta to reprise their roles. Cage has also announced that he is currently in talks with the studio as Cage previously confirmed his desire to be in Face/Off 2.
In a recent interview with Empire, Wingard provided an update on the development of the Face/Off sequel. The director restated his desire to have Cage reprise his role as Troy due to the actor’s rise in prominence with films such as Pig and The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. Wingard also explained that they are still working on the script due to the fact they want the story to be as true to the original film as possible. Read what the director had to say below.
“He’s just having such a moment. Even before Pig came out, we saw this as a Nicolas Cage movie. That’s become totally the obvious way to go now. A couple of years ago, the studio maybe would have wanted a hot, young, up-and-coming actor or something. Now, Nicolas Cage is one of the hottest actors in Hollywood again.”