Image (1) nicolas-cage__130510225952.jpg for post 495863Alchemy acquired rights to the Nicolas Cage feature film The Runner. Cage stars with Sarah Paulson, Connie Nielsen, Wendell Pierce, Bryan Batt and Peter Fonda in the political drama helmed by Austin Stark, in what marks his writing and directorial debut. It will be released later this year. The film, set against the backdrop of the aftermath of the BP oil spill in 2010, has Cage portraying an idealistic but humanly flawed politician who must confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal.

The film was produced by Bingo Gubelmann, Benji Kohn, Glenn Williamson, Erika Hampson, and Chris Papavasiliou and executive produced by Noah Millman, Ruth Mutch, Sam Bisbee, Tom Conigliaro, Galt Niederhoffer, and Todd Cohen.

Alchemy VP of Acquisitions Jeff Deutchman negotiated the deal with WME Global and Alan Sacks of Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz PC on behalf of the filmmakers. Fortitude International is handling foreign rights.

Cage, who is currently filming Larry Charles’ Army of One, is represented by CAA, LINK Entertainment, and Bloom Hergott.