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Cage to star in The Sadhu

The Hollywood actor has signed up for a big-screen adaptation of "The Sadhu" comic-book series.

india Updated: Nov 23, 2006 14:37 IST

Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage has signed up for a big-screen adaptation of

The Sadhu 

comic-book series, which tells the story of a soldier in colonial India who becomes a spiritual warrior.

Cage, a self-confessed comic-book buff, will play the lead role of James Jenson in the movie, which melds action with mythology from India, movie industry journal Variety reported.

The film is being adapted for cinema by Virgin Comics, the publishing company bankrolled by British tycoon Sir Richard Branson. The script will be written by Virgin Comics co-founder Deepak Chopra, the report said.

"TheSadhu is a bold, visual epic that taps into one of India's most heralded spiritual traditions," Virgin Comics chief executive Sharad Devarajan said.

Cage will star next year in another comic-book adaptation, Ghost Rider for Columbia Pictures. The Oscar-winning star of Leaving Las Vegas has also made a deal with Virgin Comics to publish Enigma, a thriller Cage developed with his teenage son Weston.