Nicolas Cage is to portray a detective investigating a real-life vanishing act in a first-time director's new movie. The movie star will lead the cast of horror thriller Hotel 33, which is based on a real-life case at the Williamsport's Grand Hotel in Pennsylvania, where 32 people disappeared on opening night in 1953. Writer Kellie Madison, who will also direct, says, "This is a real-life mystery based on factual events - a frightening look at the nature of evil, exploring and revealing timeless truths about the dark side of human nature, fear and the paranormal and will leave audiences shocked and captivated for years to come. It's going to be fantastic." Filming starts in September (13).