Paramount should take advantage of the recent Nicolas Cage hype and build a Star Trek property around him

Nicolas Cage has returned to A-list status in recent years, and Paramount would be wise to build a Star Trek project around him.

Nicolas Cage is Team Star Trek over Team Star Wars, something that his former co-star in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, Pedro Pascal, totally gets. Pascal is famous for his roles in Game of Thrones, The Mandalorian and now The Last of Us. Pascal and Cage got along like gangbusters during their time together on the set of The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, so it wasn’t surprising to see Pascal, a major player in Star Wars, completely get Cage’s love of Star Trek.

Pascal, during his press rounds for the most season of The Mandalorian, recognized Cage’s intelligence for preferring Trek at such a young age, telling reporters with Yahoo;

You know, Nic is one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. And I think that makes sense in terms of how cerebral and puzzle-making a lot of Star Trek is. I will admit that it was a little over my head as a child. It lands on me so much more as an adult. So he is just sort of smarter than us.

That doesn’t mean that you would have to prefer Star Trek over Star Wars. Because you can have both, absolutely. But I can identify [with] his intellectual loyalty to Star Trek.

…He’s a dedicated fan.

With the hype around Cage in recent months and the Star Trek film franchise having some optics issues, Paramount would be wise to bring Cage in.

Nicolas Cage would give fans a reason to see Star Trek for his performance alone

Cage’s acting style has always intrigued people. It’s so unique that the sitcom Community even did an entire episode around it, featuring the meta character Abed being unable to understand if Cage is a genius or truly mad. A debate that raged so hard in Abed’s own head that it broke the unbreakable character.

Needless to say, Cage’s style of acting has become a selling point all on its own. So building a film or a mini-series around him would be absolutely worth checking out. Especially if he was allowed to chew some serious scenery.

You’d have to give him a role where he’d be able to be over the top, so maybe a villain, or a rogue Starfleet captain. But you could also go with a mirror character, to help explain his over-the-top antics.

Cage would make a Star Trek film look far more palatable at this point and bringing him on board would help undo some of the damage that the current heads of the studio have done to the film brand.