Face/Off/2, also known as Face/Off 2, is an upcoming American science fiction action thriller film. It is a sequel to the 1997 film, Face/Off. The film stars John Travolta and Nicolas Cage.
Set some months after the events of Face/Off, newly-retired FBI Special Agent Sean Archer and his family attempt to process the harrowing face-transplanting-and-terrorism episode that’s irrevocably altered their lives.
Archer has moved his family to St. Paul, Minnesota. He’s determined to live a quiet life, which involves tending to his garden and cross-country skiing. His wife, Eve (Joan Allen), has opened a small private practice, while their daughter, Jamie, is starting college at the University of Minnesota.
After witnessing a light bulb bursting in the attic, Archer experiences a series of flashbacks to his altercations with civil freelance terrorist Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage). With Eve at work and Jamie in class, Archer goes on a long drive that takes him to a Halloween costume shop. Inside the shop he looks over various masks. Later that night, Archer and Eve are in bed making love. Archer removes a mask from below the bed. It looks vaguely like the face of Castor Troy. He puts on the mask. Eve is startled, but continues. The act becomes more and more aggressive until the two climax. The following morning, over breakfast, Archer and Eve bring up what happened the previous night. They both agree it shouldn’t happen again.
Weeks pass. Archer is living the quiet life he desired. Yet, something is nagging at him. He begins to see Castor Troy’s face when he looks into the mirror. Soon, Castor is speaking to Archer through the mirror. Castor speaks of the mask, of Archer’s time as Castor, of the thrill of being someone else, someone bad. Meanwhile, Eve is canceling appointments with her patients so that she can study facial transplants. She begins testing her skills on animals. Jamie is skipping classes and studying bomb-making via the Deep Web. She creates her first bomb and blows up an abandoned home with it.
Archer begins to develop a split personality. By day he’s himself, by night he’s Castor Troy (via the Halloween mask), getting into bar fights, robbing convenience stores, and having sex with prostitutes. Out as Castor one night, Archer comes across Jamie. She’s fixing a bomb to a closed bank. Archer reveals himself. Jamie is frightened. Archer reverts to Castor. He tells Jamie to continue and gives her a long kiss on the cheek. From across the street, the pair watch the explosion, hand-in-hand.
Eve’s office is now completely closed to the public. She begins using the faces of corpses in her experiments. Many of them are children. She’s taking fragments from many to construct a single face.
Castor Troy’s son, Adam, arrives at Eve’s office. Eve has located his whereabouts and bought him a plane ticket to Minnesota. She talks to Adam about her son, Michael, murdered by Castor Troy. As Eve is explaining how she’s never really gotten over the loss of her son, Castor’s death not the closure she needed, she comes up behind Adam with a cloth doused in chloroform. With Adam drugged and unconscious, Eve reveals the face she’s been constructing to be one identical to Michael’s. She begins surgery to transplant the face onto Adam.
Archer becomes more and more like Castor. He’s disassociated from himself to such a degree that he stumbles unknowingly into Eve’s office after successfully shooting up a police station with a stolen gatling gun. At the sight of Eve and Adam-as-Michael, Archer sheds Castor in a horrific moment of realization. He collapses and falls unconscious.
Archer awakens in Eve’s office. We see the world from his perspective. He sees the smiling faces of Eve, Jamie, and Michael. It’s all been a nightmare, Castor Troy a monster he’d created in his dreams. Archer gets up from what we see is an operating table. He sees himself in the mirror. It’s the face of Castor Troy. Castor begins to laugh maniacally. The screen cuts to black.
John Travolta as Sean Archer / Castor Troy
Nicolas Cage as Castor Troy
Joan Allen as Dr. Eve Archer
Chloë Grace Moretz as Jamie Archer (rumored)
Asa Butterfield as Adam Hassler (rumored)
Filming is scheduled to begin in late 2015. Filming will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Los Angeles, California, and St. Paul, Minnesota.
John Woo has declined to return as director. Some of the directors rumored to be in talks are David Cronenberg, Scott Derrickson, Doug Liman, and Chan-wook Park.