Nicolas Cage villain in Green Hornet? No, not any longer. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actor has left the movie, which stars Seth Rogen as the title character, over an inability to reach a deal. Keep reading for all the details.

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As the news organization’s Heat Vision blog reveals, Columbia, the studio did not have a comment on the Nicolas Cage (picture above and additional photos below) departure, however according to sources “the studio is on the hunt for a new bad guy” in the highly anticipated movie which will be directed by Michel Gondry, but the actor and the studio were not able to come to terms on a deal.

Unfortunately, for fans, there will be no photos nor videos popping up in YouTube of the Nicolas Cage villain as there were no scenes shot with the actor. The movie itself, according to the publication has just begun shooting principal photography in L.A. last week.

There is no word as to who will replace Nicolas Cage in the movie which has already had delays due to changes of personnel; original director Stephen Chow was replaced and his role as Kato has been taken over by Jay Chou.

Along with title character Seth Rogen–who is also one of the executive producers of the movie and co-writer of the screenplay with Evan Goldberg also a co-executive producer–additional stars remaining in the movie are Cameron Diaz (as Lenore Case) and Jay Chou (as Kato). Rounding out the cast will be Edward James Olmos, Tom Wilkinson. The movie will be released in December 2010.

The Green Hornet was originally a 1930s radio program before, in subsequent years becoming a comic book series and a 1960s TV show in which the legendary Bruce Lee starred as Kato, the Green Hornet’s sidekick.

That is the latest buzz on Nicolas Cage villain in Green Hornet, which, unfortunately, is not to be.

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Photos: Patricia Schlein/,