Nicolas Cage in talks to play Green Hornet villain

Seth Rogen's Green Hornet movie seems to be gathering momentum, with word that Columbia Pictures is in early talks with Nicolas Cage to play the gangster villain, according to Variety.

Cage would join Rogen and Cameron Diaz, who is negotiating to play a reporter and love interest in the Michel Gondry-directed film, the trade paper added.

The picture is moving full steam ahead for a fall start date, even as the studio looks to replace Stephen Chow, who was going to play sidekick Kato. Rogen and Evan Goldberg wrote the script and Neal Moritz is producing through his Original Films. The movie is eyeing a July 2010 release.

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