Ciaran Hinds as the Devil in 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance'
Now this is some casting I'm very happy to report on. Heat Vision announces that Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, the fresh new sequel being directed by Crank's Neveldine/Taylor, has gained a few great cast members. We already know that Nicolas Cage will be returning as the dark Marvel comics anti-hero, but in addition to him, Irish actor Ciarán Hinds (There Will Be Blood, The Eclipse, Harry Potter) has joined as the devil (the villain in this; Peter Fonda played Mephistopheles in the first flick) and Italian actress-singer Violante Placido (The American) has joined as the mother of a boy who is also key in the plot. Read on!
The story in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, originally written by David S. Goyer, sees Johnny Blaze, aka Ghost Rider, hiding out in remote Eastern Europe and struggling to repress his curse. Blaze is recruited by a sect to take on the devil (Hinds), who wants to take over his mortal son's body on the boy's birthday. That's an intriguing plot for this sequel, I just hope it's as dark and violent as we're hoping it'll be. Shooting starts in Eastern Europe later this fall. Even though I've heard that Sony is currently fighting with Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor over issues with the project (always seems to be the case with those guys) apparently they're still pushing forward as best they can. Let's hope they don't get replaced last minute like with Jonah Hex.
I know there aren't many people excited for this sequel, considering how many hated that first Ghost Rider, but if Neveldine/Taylor can make the movie they want with a great cast, there is a chance they can recover this comic book franchise in a big way. We'll keep you updated on anything we hear, including details about the creative struggle between Sony and Neveldine/Taylor, if more gets out. Anyone warming up to this?