Heads up, Nicolas Cage fans! The screamin’, shoutin’, whisperin’ madman of contemporary American cinema is back — in the very first trailer for his post-apocalyptic religious epic Left Behind, based on the book series by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye, and due out from Stoney Lake Entertainment on October 3rd. We’ve seen Cage lend his unique blend of righteous fury to supernatural themed-films before, most notably Ghost Rider and Drive Angry. But the Oscar-winning thesp goes full hellfire in his latest work, directed by veteran British stuntman Vic Armstrong (of Indiana Jones and Superman fame). Co-starring One Tree Hill‘s Chad Michael Murray, Cassi Thomson, Nicky Whelan, and former American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, Left Behind finds Cage playing an airline pilot with a plane packed full of petrified passengers mere hours after the Rapture has caused millions of folks around the world to disappear into thin air. Whoa.
Somewhere Liam Neeson is weeping that he didn’t answer his phone in time… As the above trailer shows, Left Behind also features the return of ’80s dream girl Lea Thompson. But what will make it worth watching is Cage intoning more softly than he’s ever intoned before, offering up bon mots like “Every time she mentioned God, I walked away.” There is most definitely a double feature of this film and Con Air in my future.