At the risk of sounding too cult-ish, it’s our opinion, here at Rattling the Cage, that pretty much any screen media is improved with the addition of Nicolas Cage. The bold choices, the commitment to doing something, has earned Cage the reputation for elevating—or at least starkly defining—the movies he’s in.
It can be fun to speculate about whether or not a movie or show would have been better with Nicolas Cage in it. Hell, fellow podcast How Did This Get Made? devotes a whole segment to deciding whether a movie with Cage in the lead.
One…let’s say “intrepid” Nicolas Cage fan decided to take this amusing armchair casting exercise and stretch it out to the extreme. Over on Cage subreddit r/OneTrueGod, user CarlosDanger100 took a crack at imagining what it would be like if Nic Cage played pretty much every role in HBO’s massively popular Game of Thrones.
Some of the photoshops are funny, some are janky as hell, and some, frankly, are perfect.
We haven’t seen Cage be super seductive in awhile, so maybe this is the way to do it.
Watching Nic Cage go full-on Bad Lieutentant: Port of Call New Orleans while torturing people? Yes, please.
Now I can’t stop thinking about his Wicker Man character getting the Hodor treatment, and watching “How did it burn?” eventually mutate into “Hoburn.”
Playing a master of spies requires a certain…restraint. This wouldn’t be the first role we’d pick Cage for.
Honestly, here for it.
The only downside to this casting would be how many people would simply stop watching the show after Cage’s Ned died.
As we learned in our Mandy podcast, Cage originally wanted to play the cult leader role. With Melisandre, he’d finally get the chance to play a religious zealot.
Sandor “The Hound” Clegane
Cage as a hyper-violent, trash-talking power knight? Sign me up.
Brienne of Tarth
See above re: The Hound, except with more expressed vulnerability. I’m still on board.
I’m not convinced in this one. As we found in Astro Boy, Cage is underused in supporting, smart guy roles.
Jamie runs a gamut of emotions throughout the series, and I’d love to see Cage play each and every one of them. Imagine Cage doing the hand-chopping scene. I mean, come on.
I’m getting some serious Kick-Ass vibes from the idea of Cage playing a perpetually grieving parent with seriously unhealthy coping mechanisms.
Maybe it’s just because of the jankiness of the photoshop here, but I’m having a hard time buying this one.
Okay, I admit that it’s a tough sell to have Cage play a kid. But let’s just let Walk Hard rules apply here, and roll with it. And boy, do I ever want to see Cage play a kid discovering all of his various magical powers.
Would I swear my allegiance to Nic Cage as the true King of the North? You bet I would.
All joking aside, I completely buy this one. And that photoshop is pretty much perfect.
Imagine all of that snivelling and gasping and choking and dying, but Nic Cage instead. Pretty amazing, right?
It seems like the hair really tested CarlosDanger100’s photoshopping skills. I’m not saying I could do any better, but I’m just having a hard time picturing Cage in this particular role.
I’m not saying that Cage has a history of charismatically leading hordes of people to worship him but…*gestures at this site*
Ser Davos Seaworth
With all due respect to Cage, I see better opportunities for his skills than playing this brooding, illiterate knight.
Of all the Stark kids, this is the Cage casting I could most get behind. Like I mentioned before, it’s all about the slow burn, and I’d love to see him grow into full-on assassin mode.
Bizarre photoshop aside, I’m confident Cage would nail the tragic and perpetually-tortured Theon.
My kingdom for a soundclip of Nic Cage shouting “You know nothing, Jon Snow!” Make it happen, and it’ll be my ringtone forever.
*Editor’s note – Dylan used this expression wrong, but we’re keeping it in. See below.
While I’m certainly on board for seeing if Cage can still get into Ghost Rider-level shape, I’m having a hard time buying him as a hunky horselord.
Also, this photoshop looks like an Elder Scrolls: Oblivion NPC, and it’s haunting me.
As much fun as it would be to see Cage in the lead of the series, it’s feeling a little bit too Season of the Witch to me to have him in this role.
I’m going to pass on this one. Not because I don’t think that Cage has the right gravitas and spite to play Tywin, but just because Charles Dance was actually perfect.
My main reason for saying “yes” to this one is because I just want a rehash of Drive Angry, where everybody in-universe sees Cage’s Oberyn as the sexiest thing in the world, despite all the evidence to the contrary.
Catelyn was probably a bit too low-key for Cage to really sink his teeth into her. But, if Game of Thrones had actually gotten into the books’ Lady Stoneheart storyline, I might have been more keen to have Cage play her.
While this would definitely be a bit of fun stunt-casting, I think Cage’s skillset is better suited elsewhere.
What do you think? Which Game of Thrones role would be best elevated by casting Nicolas Cage?