So, THR’s got the synopsis for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and I can’t help noticing connections…
The story 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, who wants to take over his mortal son’s body on the boy’s birthday.
European vacations? Bastard sons? Super-people trying to repress their nature? That actually sounds a little like the sorely-unappreciated The American. And what a coincidence! Violante Placido is in talks to play the devil child’s mother, and she was Clooney’s broken-heart prostitute love interest in that.
But what about the devil-man? Who’s playing Mephisto (as he’s known in GR’s comics)? The producers apparently are negotiating right now with Ciaran Hinds about playing the prince of lies. I haven’t paid much attention to the guy, but a quick look at his filmography shows me that he was in There Will Be Blood... and that makes him swell in my book.
Nick Cage will be back as the boneheaded biker for movie #2, which will start shooting later next month in Romania and Turkey. I’ll confess to having passed on the first movie, but I’m intrigued in this one on account of the fact that Neveldine/ Taylor are directing. If you’re going to do a flick about a dude with a blazing skull, doesn't it make sense to bring in guys who’ll take it all the way over the top?