Nicolas Cage: Steve Granitz/Wireimage.com
Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
April 01, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

Nicolas Cage and Chow Yun-Fat may soon be working on the railroad. Director John Woo, who partnered with Cage in the upcoming ”Windtalkers,” says the actors are negotiating to star in his next project, ”Men of Destiny,” for Disney. ”We’ve offered it to them, and they’re very excited about this subject and excited to work together,” says Woo. ”If they don’t have a scheduling problem, it will happen.”

Written by ”Face/Off” screenwriters Mike Werb and Michael Colleary, ”Men” tells the story of a Chinese and Irish team who worked for the Central Pacific Railroad in 1864. Unlike ”Windtalkers,” which is a WWII drama, ”’Men of Destiny’ is mainly a drama and a character piece,” says Woo. ”There’s some conflict between the Irish and the Chinese, but at the end of the film, they all work together and work [on their] friendships.” Woo has been scouting locations in Utah, Colorado, and California, and hopes to begin production in August.

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