Nicolas Cage, a name synonymous with a diverse and adventurous filmography, has expressed a fervent desire to explore the final frontier by joining the “Star Trek” universe. Despite his vast array of roles across numerous genres, the “Star Trek” franchise remains an uncharted territory for Cage, a gap he’s eager to fill.
His ambition was revealed during a candid interview on the red carpet at the 51st Saturn Awards, an event celebrating his recent accolade as Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Dracula in “Renfield.”
Cage’s enthusiasm for “Star Trek” is not a sudden whim but a long-standing admiration for the franchise’s contribution to science fiction and its exploration of political and sociological themes. In conversations, Cage has highlighted his preference for “Star Trek” over “Star Wars,” citing his early influences watching William Shatner’s Captain Kirk and applauding Chris Pine’s modern interpretation of the role.
For Cage, science fiction, and by extension “Star Trek,” represents a creative canvas to explore and comment on societal issues freely, a perspective that resonates with the core of his artistic sensibilities.
When discussing the potential for his involvement in a “Star Trek” film, Cage emphasized the importance of a role that allows him to bring his unique flair and energy to the screen.
He imagines himself aboard the USS Enterprise, contributing to the iconic bridge’s dynamics rather than a peripheral character adrift in space. This specific vision for his participation underscores Cage’s desire not just to be part of “Star Trek” in name but to leave a memorable mark on the franchise’s legacy.
While Cage’s readiness to join “Star Trek” is clear, the future of the franchise on the big screen remains uncertain. The last film, “Star Trek Beyond” (2016), despite receiving critical acclaim, did not achieve expected commercial success, leading to a prolonged hiatus in cinematic endeavors. Efforts to reconvene the cast of the 2009 reboot have yet to materialize into a new film, leaving fans and potential stars like Cage in anticipation of what the future might hold.
However, hope glimmers on the horizon with Paramount’s announcement of a prequel movie directed by Toby Haynes and Patrick Stewart’s expressed interest in reprising his role as Jean-Luc Picard. These developments suggest that the “Star Trek” cinematic universe still has stories to tell, potentially opening the door for Cage’s dream to materialize.
Despite the uncertainties surrounding his “Star Trek” ambitions, Nicolas Cage remains a prolific figure in the film industry. His upcoming projects, including Osgood Perkins’ “Longlegs,” the action-horror “Arcadian,” and the psychological thriller “The Surfer,” showcase his versatility and commitment to his craft. As Cage continues to explore new roles and genres, the possibility of his eventual crossover into the “Star Trek” universe remains a tantalizing prospect for fans and the actor alike.