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Ariana Bacle
March 08, 2016 AT 04:43 PM EST

Nicolas Cage is attached to direct Vengeance: A Love Story, an upcoming drama based on Joyce Carol Oates‘ Rape: A Love Story, his rep confirmed to EW. As previously reported, Cage is also starring. 

Rape: A Love Story, published in 2003, follows a mother and daughter as they try to recover from a vicious attack with the help of a male detective. 

“I’m excited to work on Vengeance: A Love Story and bring Joyce Carol Oates’ bittersweet novel to the screen,” Cage told The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news. “Storytelling has always been my passion and I’m honored to work with this talented team to tell a tale of the suffering too many women have endured.”

Cage previously directed Sonny, a 2002 crime drama starring James Franco, and most recently appeared in 2015’s Pay the Ghost and The Runner

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