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THE MOVIE: Next

THE STARS:
Nicolas Cage • Julianne Moore • Jessica Biel
DIRECTOR: Lee Tamahori

FBI agent Callie Ferris (Julianne Moore) & Cris (Nicolas Cage) and Liz (Jessica Biel) THE CONCEPT:
Nicolas Cage stars as Cris Johnson, a Las Vegas magician, who has the uncanny ability to see a few minutes into the future. FBI counter-terror agent Callie Ferris (Julianne Moore) is eager to tap his brain to help thwart a terrorist group’s planned nuclear attack on Los Angeles.

U.S. RELEASE: April 28 2007, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13

THE COMMENTS:

NICOLAS CAGE:
“I was interested in a man who appears to be average and normal, but who was born with a gift of being able to see two minutes into his own future. I’d never played a character like that before. This also was a different genre for me because it’s not Science Fiction. It’s Paranormal. So there are no electronic gizmos or futuristic backdrops. And Cris’s ‘pre-cogging’ and the unique way he thinks is a marvelous playing field for an actor.”

JULIANNE MOORE:
“If you have this ability to see into the Future, you can, like in all Science Fiction stories, change the Present, you can change the way you live. There’s an element of fantasy to it, and I think people enjoy that when they come to the movies, there’s that feeling sometimes like, what if, what if you could see the future, what would change, could you save the world? This movie in a way plays on what the reality is right now in our world, which is we don’t always know if there are going to be security threats, it’s a different world right now, and we’re thinking in a different way.”

JESSICA BIEL (Liz):
“Acting in a film with such exceptional talent and experience as director Lee Lamahori, and actors like Nic Cage and Julianne Moore was amazing to me. Lee brought a very relaxed tone to the set. And he was completely open to improvisation, so I felt free to experiment with my role.”

CAGE:
“I really like the idea of the playfulness with Nick’s abilities. The other key thing that I wanted to bring the character was the element of how would a man who is born with this ability hide it, because it would be traumatic. If people knew you could see two minutes into their future, nobody would want to be around you, you’d be very lonely.”

BIEL:
“Julianne has made such smart and diverse choices in her career. I was just so eager to watch her and figure out how she acts so brilliantly and effortlessly. And Nic is so thorough about his performances and who his characters are and how they behave that it spurred me on to kick up my performance. He made me go a little deeper, to try and find other layers in my character. He set a high bar that I wanted to meet.”

CAGE:
“I’ve always wanted to play a magician in a movie so I’d get to do magic tricks, plus I get to do the real paranormal stuff and have the love story and the action-adventure element, so it’s pretty cool. I think there is something in it for everybody.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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