Things are about to get a whole lot fuzzier for Kevin Spacey on the film-side of his career. The actor is set to star in the family-comedy Nine Lives which is set to open in theaters later this year, courtesy of EuropaCorp. The film is being directed by Barry Sonnenfeld who is best known for his role in helming the Men in Black movies. This is his latest directorial effort since MIB 3 came out in 2012. Kevin Spacey also seems to be taking the plunge for a claws-on approach when it comes to comedy, and his fans will either be turned off completely or embrace the wackiness of it all.
Here's the plot:
Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) is a daredevil billionaire at the top of his game. His eponymous company FireBrand is nearing completion on its greatest achievement to date - the tallest skyscraper in the northern hemisphere. But Tom's workaholic lifestyle has disconnected him from his family, particularly his beautiful wife Lara (Jennifer Garner) and his adoring daughter Rebecca (Malina Weissman).
Rebecca's 11th birthday is here, and she wants the gift she wants every year, a cat. Tom hates cats, but he is without a gift and time is running out. His GPS directs him to a mystical pet store brimming with odd and exotic cats- where the store's eccentric owner- Felix Perkins (Christopher Walken), presents him with a majestic tomcat, named Mr. Fuzzypants.
En route to his daughter's party, Tom has a terrible accident. When he regains consciousness he discovers that somehow, he has become trapped inside the body of the cat. Adopted by his own family, he begins to experience what life is truly like for the family pet, and as a cat, Tom begins to see his family and his life through a new and unexpected perspective. Meanwhile, his family adjusts to life with an odd and stubborn cat, and his son David (Robbie Amell), steps up in ways Tom never expected.
If any hope exists of returning to his family as the husband and father they deserve, Tom will have to learn why he has been placed in this peculiar situation and the great lengths he must go to earn back his human existence.
If you managed to digest all of that, you now know the basic plot of the movie. There's a good chance you've heard this story before about the successful billionaire or workaholic father who's out to win a promotion or build an empire but neglects to spend time with his family. Like other stories, the rich guy is brought down a peg and gets taught a valuable lesson about family and not taking them for granted, with a little magical mischief sprinkled in between. The message of this film seems pretty clear, and from the trailers anyone could possibly figure out how the story ends or what happens when the curtain comes down.
This film seems to be one of the boldest career moves Kevin Spacey has ever made over the course of his climb to the top in hollywood. You might be wondering why Mr.Spacey decided to go cat for his next movie. Did he need the money? Did he want to try something new? Does he owe the director a favor? Well, we'll certainly get an answer in some form when the cast interviews are released and Spacey decides to let the cat out of the bag as to why he took part in a film like this. As for the movie itself, it could go either way at the box-office since the film might be laughed out of theaters and torn apart by critics, or lauded by fans of Mr. Spacey and Barry Sonnenfeld. Who knows? When the release date does approach we'll see if the film, much like the title, truly does have Nine lives.