>> Nic Cage: Substitute Selleck?

magnum.jpgOscar winner Nicolas Cage is rumored to be up for the title role in the long-gestating feature film adaptation of the 1980s TV series Magnum P.I., to be directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber.

Reports have circulated everywhere from Star Magazine and The Daily Express to MonstersAndCritics.com that Cage is considering playing Thomas Magnum, a role originated by Tom Selleck on TV, in the Universal movie.

According to The Daily Express, “Nicolas likes the mix of comedy and crime-solving in the script.” The paper also claims that the project fell apart 18 months ago when Ricky Gervais rejected the notion of playing Higgins to George Clooney’s Magnum.

The story goes that, should Cage sign on, casting will then commence for the role of Higgins, Magnum’s Brit sidekick. The film would reportedly be due out in 2009.

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  1. I don’t even recall at all what the show was like, but Cage has the chest hair for the role. If not Gervais then Martin Freeman is just about the only other Brit actor I can see taking the part of Higgins, because I don’t think Simon Pegg would do it, and I don’t know any other Brit actors with any kind of Stateside recognition.

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