Nicolas Cage takes director's chair on Vengeance: A Love Story
Nicolas Cage is to direct and star in 'Vengeance: A Love Story'.
According to Deadline, the movie's lead actor has stepped in to helm the movie after Harold Becker exited the director's chair because of a dispute about cutting the movie's budget by $1 million.
Cage had already taken over the lead role of a vigilante cop from Samuel L. Jackson in the thriller, which is based on a 2003 novel by Joyce Carol Oates titled 'Rape: A Love Story'.
The swap from Becker to Cage comes just as shooting kicked off in Atlanta this month.
The 52-year-old 'Con Air' star has previously only ever directed one other film, 2002 crime thriller 'Sonny' which starred James Franco, Brenda Blethyn and Mena Suvari.
'Vengeance: A Love Story' focuses on the aftermath of gang rape and tells the story of single mother Teena who is sexually assaulted by a group of men, as her young daughter Bethie is forced to watch, and then left for dead in a park boathouse.
A court case ensues but Teena's attackers go free thanks to the work of their defence lawyer.
After the men get off, Gulf War veteran-turned-police officer Dromoor - played by Cage - decides to take matters into his own hands in order to deliver retribution for Teena.