The Face/Off star will play a police officer in the thriller Exit 147, according to

Figgis says, "This is the kind of story that turns up once in a blue moon. It is the perfect vehicle for Nicolas and I am excited to be back in business with this great actor. I love this combination of dark and scary balanced with edgy humour.

"(It is a) dream project for a small ensemble of actors."

He'll begin shooting the movie in January (16).

Cage earned a Best Actor Oscar and Golden Globe for his portrayal of alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter Ben Sanderson in 1995's Leaving Las Vegas.