Nicolas Cage will star in The Vanished for Focus Features. The film marks the studio directing debut of Hany Abu-Assad, the Palestinian-born director of Paradise Now.
The thriller, written by Larysa Kondracki and Eilis Kirwan, concerns a father who goes in search of his college-aged American-born Muslim son, who’s missing overseas.
“Vanished” will be produced by Noah Rosen and David Alpert of Circle of Confusion and Tracy Seward. Production is scheduled for the spring.
Cage first plans to star for director Darren Aronofsky in indie drama The Wrestler in January. He jumps right into The Vanished in April.