Nicolas Cage No Longer In Talks To Play Villain In 'Green Hornet'

Nicolas Cage visits the 'Late Show with David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater on March 16, 2009 in New York City Nicolas Cage visits the 'Late Show with David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater on March 16, 2009 in New York City

Nicolas Cage won’t be going “Green” on the big screen after all.

Cage will not step into the role of the villain in Sony Pictures’ “The Green Hornet,” Access Hollywood has confirmed.

Although contract discussions had been taking place between the actor and the studio, the two sides were unable to come to terms on a deal.

While early filming began last week in Los Angeles, none of the villain character’s scenes had been shot yet.

No word yet on any possible replacements.

The news comes two weeks after Sony announced the movie’s release had been pushed back from July 2010 to December 2010, a rep for the studio confirmed to Access Hollywood at the time

It’s not the first shakeup to sting the film. Stephen Chow – previously set to both direct and play the role of sidekick Kato – exited the film. Jay Chou stepped into play the role, while Michael Gondry is now on board to direct the project.

Cameron Diaz will play the female lead opposite Seth Rogen’s superhero title character.

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