Nicolas Cage to play disgraced Congressman in `The Runner`

Actor Nicolas Cage is set to play Colin Price, a New Orleans congressman dealing with the aftermath of sex scandal and BP oil spill, in `The Runner`.

The political thriller will take place in the aftermath of the tragic BP oil spill happening in 2010, reportedly.

Producer Austin Stark (`Infinitely Polar Bear`) is confirmed to sit behind the lens, making his writing and directorial debut with the upcoming project.

"For my first film as a director, I`m honoured to be working alongside one of the finest living actors, Nicolas Cage. `The Runner`, a contemporary political drama, is new and exciting territory for Mr Cage," Stark said.

I have no doubt he`s going to deliver a powerful and poignant performance, as relevant as the film itself," he added.

Cage, 50, was last seen starring in `Joe` last year with young actor Tye Sheridan. His next movies include crime thriller `Rage`, biblical thriller `Left Behind`, and action film `Outcast`.

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