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Cage in Talks to Play 'Green Hornet' Villain

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Jul 21, 2009 | 6:29am EDT

Nicolas Cage is in early talks with Columbia to play the gangster villain to Seth Rogen's Green Hornet. Although the film switched directors mid-development stream with Michel Gondry in for Stephen Chow -- and although Chow later left the project entirely rather than play sidekick Kato -- the film is moving full-steam ahead.

Recently, it was reported that Cameron Diaz is negotiating to play a reporter and love interest.

A fall start date is planned while the studio looks to cast Kato. Rogen and Evan Goldberg wrote the script and Neal Moritz is producing through his Original Films banner.

Cage just completed The Sorcerer's Apprentice and remake The Bad Lieutenant. Diaz will star with Tom Cruise in James Mangold's formerly titled Wichita.

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