Nicolas Cage, who was in talks to play a gangster bad-guy, has dropped out of the project after what The Hollywood Reporter calls fruitless negotiations with studio Columbia Pictures. The comes a week after filming began in Los Angeles.
The movie has suffered a series of setbacks, from original director Stephen Chow demoting himself to co-star and then dropping out altogether, to a series of delays in the movie’s release date. Most recently, Disney moved its long-awaited sequel “Tron Legacy” to directly compete with “Hornet.”
Through it all, we’d love to see this project make it to completion. The story, based on a 1960s superhero, follows dapper Britt Reid (a descendant of the Lone Ranger) and his kung-fu master chauffeur Kato as they work to knock out crime.
“The Green Hornet” is currently set to debut Dec. 17, 2010.