Nicolas Cage, Bill Skarsgård Set For Andrew Niccol’s ‘Lord Of War’ Sequel For Vendôme Pictures; FilmNation To Launch Sales At Cannes
DEADLINE – Nicolas Cage (Renfield) and writer-director Andrew Niccol (Anon) will reteam with Vendôme Pictures, the Academy Award winning studio behind CODA, on Lords of War — a sequel to the 2005 crime thriller Lord of War, which starred Cage as Yuri Orlov, a composite character based on numerous arms dealers.
Bill Skarsgård (John Wick: Chapter 4) is also on board to star as Orlov’s son, with FilmNation Entertainment to rep international sales and introduce the film at Cannes, and CAA Media Finance to handle domestic rights.
In Lords of War, Yuri Orlov (Cage), the world’s most notorious gunrunner, discovers he has a son, Anton (Skarsgård), who isn’t trying to right his father’s wrongs — he’s trying to top them. Not only selling guns but the “trigger pullers” too, Anton is amassing a mercenary army to fight America’s Middle East conflicts. This is the story of Yuri and Anton’s bitter rivalry — even at odds over the same woman. Who will prevail when father and son go to war?
Philippe Rousselet and Fabrice Gianfermi (CODA, Lord of War) are returning to produce under their Vendôme Pictures banner, with Cage for Saturn Films. Skarsgård will serve as exec producer on the film heading into production this fall.
Skarsgård most recently starred opposite Keanu Reeves in John Wick: Chapter 4, also starring opposite Georgina Campbell in 20th Century Studios’ acclaimed horror pic Barbarian from filmmaker Zach Cregger. He’s in post on director Rupert Sanders’ reimagining of The Crow and is currently shooting Robert Eggers’ Nosferatu for Focus Features, which has him sharing the screen with Nicholas Hoult, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Willem Dafoe, Lily-Rose Depp, Emma Corrin and more.
Skarsgård by WME, Magnolia Entertainment and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum.