It's not known whether Brian De Palma will push on with his planned prequel The Untouchables: Capone Rising. But, according to Variety, one thing is certain. Nicolas Cage will not be playing Capone as previously reported.

Cage had been in talks to revive the role originated by Robert De Niro, but his schedule could not be worked out. It was announced at Cannes last week that Gerard Butler had joined the cast. He will be playing Sean Connery's character Jimmy Malone if the film actually gets made.

Cage is currently reprising his role as Ben Gates in the sequel National Treasure: Book of Secrets, which will open December 21st, 2007.