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Director Simon West and Nicolas Cage team-up for the first time since the 1997 blockbuster ‘Con Air’ for ‘Stolen’, a unique fast paced action thriller that takes place during 10 frantic hours on Mardi Gras day in New Orleans. The film also stars Josh Lucas, Danny Huston, Malin Akerman, Sami Gayle, Mark Valley and M.C. Gainey.
The story follows Will Montgomery (Cage), a master thief who has been sent to prison for 8 years after being double-crossed in a heist gone awry. Upon his release, he’s ready to leave his criminal past behind and rebuild his relationship with estranged daughter, Alison Loeb (Gayle).
Montgomery’s former criminal cohorts and FBI agent Tim Harlend (Huston), are all convinced that the loot, totaling $10 Million dollars worth of bonds, was hidden away by Montgomery before he was sentenced. In order to get his hands on it, former partner in crime, Vincent (Lucas), kidnaps Alison and demands the loot as ransom; keeping her in a soundproofed trunk of a taxi cab on Mardi Gras day where she is nearly impossible to be discovered.
Montgomery has only one day to deliver the $10 Million ransom, but much to the disbelief of both Vincent and the FBI, he does not actually have it.
Montgomery is left with only one choice: To trust his instincts and join forces again with another old partner in crime, the beautiful, sexy and smart Riley Jeffers (Akerman). Together they must pull off one more heist so he can get his daughter back… before its too late.
Nicolas Cage recalls why he jumped at the offer to play Will Montgomery. “I would say yes to Simon West on almost anything because I feel one of the best directors I’ve ever worked with, and I had a great experience working with him on ‘Con Air’.” He asserts, “He’s a gentleman and he’s an artist and he knows what he wants. He’s supremely confident, he comes in and he sculpts, and then you have a new way of looking at the scene.”
“The core of the story is really about a father’s love for his daughter,” explains Cage, “and Josh Lucas’ character Vincent, who kidnaps her and creates this horrible set of circumstances where I have to find ten million dollars.”
Josh Lucas offers, “Nic Cage and I play old great friends who have been doing this game together for a while, and in this process there’s a betrayal between the two of us and lives shift very badly and very intensively.”
He continues, “After what goes down between Nic Cage’s character and mine, we cut to eight years later where you have a character that’s not only lost his mind but lost his dreams and is self destructing on such a level that he is beyond damaged.”
Lucas, who immediately grasped the challenge of playing the complex role of Vincent, describes his character by stating, “He is a pretty incredible creation, in that very rarely in a movie do you see a character go with not just such an arc, not to use actors terms… but with the sense of seeing him in one part of his life, and then absolutely the transition to what ends up happening to him.”