Cusack and Cage Play Cat and Mouse in 'The Frozen Ground'

Avert your eyes and harden your hearts, Lloyd Dobler fans; Cusack's back and it's no fairytale.

The veteran actor is in talks to play Alaska's most prolific serial killer, Robert Hansen, who murdered up to 24 women in the Alaskan wilderness over a 12-year period after kidnapping and hunting them. The film, entitled "The Frozen Ground," was penned by Scott Walker, and also marks Walker's directorial debut.

Deadline reports that Nicolas Cage may be giving up his long-running stint as a total badass (does the name Castor Troy ring a bell?) to play the law enforcement official who ends Hansen's murderous game for good. The "Drive Angry" star is in talks to take on the role of an Alaskan State Trooper  who begins the manhunt for Hansen after encountering the madman's only living victim on the street and in need of help after escaping her captor's deadly grasp.

The film, which is scheduled to start filming this fall in Anchorage, AK, will be executive produced by Curtis Jackson, Stephan Martirosyan, and Remington William Chase of Envision Entertainment, and will be produced by Randall Emmett and George Furla of Emmett Furla Films.

And for those disillusioned by the thought of Cusack as anything other than a sensitive dreamboat, fear not; the actor's slowed-down schedule affords him more than enough time to start work on "Must Love Dogs 2."