Nicole Sperling
August 02, 2010 AT 11:19 PM EDT

Millennium Films confirms that venerable actor Nicolas Cage has backed out of Trespass, the studio’s upcoming feature film, which is set to begin production in Louisiana in two weeks. Deadline Hollywood first broke the story. Cage was supposed to play one of two thieves who take a couple hostage in hopes of earning some easy money. Nicole Kidman was set to play the wife. The husband role, which initially was going to Cage before he opted to play the bad guy, still has not been cast. Joel Schumacher, who is on board to direct, had no comment.

The move comes on the heels of Cage’s recent box office disappointment, Disney’s expensive family film The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, which has only grossed $52 million after three weekends in release. It isn’t clear why Cage backed out of the project, or if he can be swayed to rejoin. Calls to his reps haven’t been returned. Stay tuned as this story is sure to develop.

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