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?
Reader Feedback - 12 Comments
I am. Mark and Brian are brilliant satirical comedians and have a unique post modern style and viewpoint. They have the potential to make something real interesting here.
Fnord on Oct 1, 2010
I actually liked the first ghost rider, but I think this one could be even better.
tivdatsun on Oct 1, 2010
No amount of casting can fix Cage's terrible wigs and playing a role meant for a younger actor.
Johnny Neat on Oct 1, 2010
Should have continued without Cage. No offense to him, but the role just doesn't fix his style.
germs on Oct 1, 2010
I got excited at first, I thought maybe they would replace Cage. Oh well, pre-flop party anyone?
Silence on Oct 1, 2010
I agree - I'd hoped that Cage would be replaced with a different actor. Regarding the directors though, I believe these guys are the right choice. There is a scene at the end of CRANK 2, when Chelios is on fire in a black leather jacket walking around. That one image in my mind, combined with their hectic style convinced me they were the ones to REALIZE Ghost Rider. Make it dark. Make it horrifying.
harm on Oct 1, 2010
I think Nicholas Cage has always been a great pick, he has a passion for the character and can really get into it if the script / producers allow. You guys apparently have never seen him really get into a character before. Also since when was ghost rider young? Perhaps in the early comics but come on, super heroes / anti-heroes can be any age they want, that's the wonder of the comic book universe.
La1n on Oct 1, 2010
I saw Ciaran Hinds play the Devil (technically, Mr. Lockhart) on Broadway in "The Seafarer." He'll be terrific.
James on Oct 1, 2010
I'm still rooting for Nic Cage! I'm sure he'll bring his A-game to this flick. I am a little wary about Neveldine/Taylor directing this! I sure hope they don't do an MTV style, quick cut, flick like the "Crank" flicks! Having said that, anyone who isn't Mark Steven Johnson is a cool choice!
Spider on Oct 1, 2010
I'm all for Nic Cage. I truly think he can pull this off. And the directors? My word, this will be pretty wild. What will this be rated, by the way? Hard R, please and thank you.
Cracky on Oct 1, 2010
After watching Hinds play Julius Caesar in Rome, I'm willing to give this a chance.
Roguish1 on Oct 1, 2010
He's great as Caesar. Amazing actor. Cage sucks.
mandarin on Oct 2, 2010
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