The film is shot by the Pang Brothers and has a distinct South-East Asian flavor.
In 2009, Cage starred in the science fiction thriller Knowing, directed by Alex Proyas.
Rourke would go on to receive an Academy Award nomination for his performance.
In an interview with slashfilm.com, Aronofsky said of Cage's decision to leave the film that "Nic was a complete gentleman, and he understood that my heart was with Mickey and he stepped aside.
He aspired to act from an early age and also attended UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
Cage received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance as an alcoholic Hollywood writer in Leaving Las Vegas (1995) before coming to the attention of wider audiences with mainstream films, such as The Rock (1996), Face/Off (1997), Con Air (1997) and City of Angels (1998).
He earned his second Academy Award nomination for his performance as Charlie and Donald Kaufman in Adaptation (2002).
He has also appeared in National Treasure (2004), Lord of War (2005), Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009), and Kick-Ass (2010).
Films such as Ghost Rider (2007) and Knowing (2009) were box office successes.